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Scratching the surface: Risso’s dolphin fieldwork at Lewis, Scotland

A guest blog by Dr Caroline Weir, who joined WDC in the field in Scotland this month.  The waters surrounding the Eye Peninsula near Stornoway on the north-east coast of Lewis have long been known to be one of the most important regions in the UK for Risso’s dolphins. I first observed Risso’s dolphins in…

Can we trust Japan’s whalers when it comes to the accuracy of whaling data?

Dr. Philip J. Clapham seems to be on a publishing roll at the moment. A welcome series of papers on whale conservation and the tragedy of whaling have been flowing from his laptop during the last year. The most recent work we would note is an article by Yulia V. Ivashchenko and Dr. Clapham, who…

Risso’s dolphins in North Wales – Bardsey Fieldwork 2016

It seems that this year’s Bardsey fieldwork has been and gone in a flash, it felt like I was only on the island for a few days when in fact 2 weeks had flown past, and I now find myself back in the office. Thanks to funding from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), we were able…

Lovely News…a new calf for Kesslet

Great news about WDC Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet – she has recently given birth to a shiny new baby ! Many of you will remember that very sadly she lost her last baby in early 2015, and at WDC we are keeping our fingers crossed that her latest little one, a wee brother or…

The return of Iceberg, the all-white killer whale

Last week, I reported that after five years, Iceberg, the big all white male killer whale has been resighted by WDC’s Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) team.  Iceberg is still travelling with his family of fish-eating orcas – 12 or 13 orcas in his pod, all except him normal looking. He’s now at least…

Are North Atlantic right whales headed towards extinction?

Enter your email address: Powered by Feedio A recently released article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science ‘casts doubt’ on the future existence of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, a species of which fewer than 500 individuals remain. According to right whale researchers, the calving rate for this beleaguered species has declined by 40% since 2010.  Why are fewer calves being born?  It appears to…