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Dolphins at Risk from Amazon Dams

Most people assume dolphins live in the sea. But there is a small, less well-known group that can live hundreds of miles from the coast, swimming in freshwater rivers and lakes. The Amazon River dolphins of South America, also known as botos, are a flagship species and a symbol of the huge range of wildlife…

A look Inside The Tanks

Recently launched on YouTube, Jonny Meah’s short documentary, Inside the Tanks, presents a balance of views on the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity, centred on the one of only two facilities to keep orcas in captivity in Europe, Marineland, in the French Mediterranean resort of Antibes. Jonny accompanies marine biologist Dr Ingrid Visser, as…

Hello Moonlight !

The local dolphins are a bit scattered around the Inner Moray Firth just now trying to find the best places to find food as the migratory salmon run is a bit sporadic, but thankfully there is enough to go round and not long ago I had the pleasure of Moonlight popping right up in front…

Off the Map Travel says no to whale meat

In line with their partnership with WDC, Off the Map Travel have now started sending information on how to avoid whale meat to all of their customers. Despite bans on commercial whaling, Iceland, Norway and Japan kill around 2,000 whales between them each year. In places like Iceland, whale meat is sold regularly in restaurants…

Icelandic whalers bank on tourist ignorance – don't be fooled!

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales opened in early June and as many as 264 whales could be killed this season, including a permitted carry-over of unused quota from last year.  Yet, as of today, the Fiskistofa website (Iceland’s Fisheries Directorate) which – perhaps tellingly – has not been updated since June 13th, indicates that…

Citizen Science really matters

The WDC Shorewatch team have been recording some really exciting sightings: pygmy sperm whales from the Western Isles, sperm whales from the Moray Coast and orca from the North coast; but why does all this data matter? The term ‘citizen science’ is most often used to describe schemes which data is collected by community volunteers…