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Mass gathering of sperm whales gatecrashed by boats in Sri Lanka

In 2012, WDC launched Project BLUEprint in Sri Lanka, a unique and exciting partnership with SriLankan Airlines and eco-tourism companies: Jetwing Hotels and Cinnamon Hotels. Our goal is to encourage responsible, community-based whale watching and to this end, we’ve run training workshops for local boat operators; worked with government agencies and the media to flag…

The return of the giants – humpback whales in Scottish seas

Ron Macdonald retired from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) after 27 years of service. SNH is the public body that advises the Scottish government on wildlife and environment. A biologist by profession, he says that his interest in the humpback whale is as much spiritual as ecological. In this guest blog he shares his passion for watching…

Adopt a dolphin star, Kesslet is back in town!

After a week or two of sporadic and very brief sightings of WDC adopt a dolphin star, Kesslet out past Rosemarkie Bay, it was a lovely sight at the end of last week to see her for the first time this season hunting in the Kessock Channel. This is the narrow area of water in the north east…

Bedrohte Orcas benötigen größere Schutzzone

Bereits im Jahr 2014 unterstützte WDC eine Petition des Center for Biological Diversity. Darin forderten wir die nationale Fischereibehörde in den USA dazu auf, die Schutzzone für bedrohten südlichen ortstreuen Schwertwale (Southern Residents) zu erweitern. Vier Jahre und eine weitere Petition später hat sich jedoch noch immer nichts getan und die Population ist um weitere…

Why Carnival needs to stop exploiting dolphins

Would you believe that more than 550 dolphins are held captive in 68 facilities across Mexico and the Caribbean? These dolphins are imprisoned primarily to amuse cruise ship passengers on ‘shore excursions’. Every day, hundreds of tourists disembark the cruise ships and pour into dolphin theme parks to hug, kiss and swim with the captive…

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a few weeks ago, hoping to see orcas, only to find that I had missed them by a few days.  Since 2013, the orcas have been seen really close to shore in the waters around Tromsø and neighbouring Kvaløya islands, towering…