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So what are we doing at the IWC?

One of the toughest gigs in a whale conservationist’s calendar is attending the meetings of the International Whaling Commission. The International Whaling Commission, or IWC, is the body that makes decisions about whale hunting and whale conservation. Its membership is made up of both pro- and anti-whaling nations, as well as countries who have no…

When is a whaling ban not a whaling ban?

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) biennial meeting is never a simple place to negotiate your way through. I had the privilege of attending several meetings during my WDC career, and the team we are sending this year will be some of our best brains.  And this year we need the team to be on top…

Kesslet's Baby Update

I unexpectedly encountered WDC Adopt a Dolphin star “Kesslet” and her little baby earlier this afternoon in the Cromarty Firth, many kilometres from where I last spotted them a few days ago near the Kessock Bridge, Inverness. Kesslet’s baby, just over a month old is looking great, and seems to have picked up some linear…

Climate change, whales and t-shirts

WDC have teamed up with fashion partner, Lazy Oaf for the release of their Dolphin Heart T-shirt, 10% of all sales of this design both online and in store being donated to WDC to help our work around the globe.  To celebrate this second collaboration between us and Lazy Oaf (who we love), we have…

Pledge Never to Plunge: A Future for the Forgotten

SeaWorld’s recent announcement that they are ending their orca breeding program, thus making the orcas they currently hold (29 in total) the last in their care, was a welcome step forward to end captivity for whales and dolphins.  However, SeaWorld has stopped short of a complete turnaround – they remain adamantly opposed to releasing their…

Wild Weather…

The autumn gales are making the seas around the Black Isle very rough and not very comfortable to be on for us humans – but the resident dolphins don’t mind rough seas, a few feet under the surface it is a much more serene world than the spray filled upper surface. In the photo below…