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Superpod Recap: Orcas in the Northwest

I recently returned from beautiful San Juan Island in Washington State, attending the 5th Superpod orca symposium – my third time attending and presenting on WDC’s work to protect orcas around the world.  Superpod continues to grow every year, with more speakers from diverse fields and an increasing audience of “orca-holics” from all over the world. …

A Holistic Approach to Conservation and Protection

It was with huge pleasure that I was able to take up the invitation of ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) to deliver the Keynote Speech to the 2016 Meeting of the Parties in Helsinki, Finland (29th August – 1st September). The following…

Another season of dolphin suffering in Taiji

In a few days, another bloody season of the infamous dolphin drive hunts will start in Taiji, Japan. Last week, the Japanese Fisheries Union released the quota for 2016/2017, shared via IKAN – the  “Iruka & Kujira Action Network” and Cetabase. A total of 1,820 from seven dolphin species, amongst them bottlenose, Risso´s and striped…

Seeking better protection for whales and dolphins around Norway

I am delighted to introduce biologist and founder of Ocean Sounds, Heike Vester.  Ocean Sounds is a voluntary organisation working to protect whales and dolphins via acoustic research, education and art projects. Below, Heike presents her experiences studying whales in Norwegian waters, and outlines some of the challenges both she and the whales currently face.…

August Adopt A Dolphin Update

Dolphins are scattered over a large area of the Inner Moray Firth at this time of year as the seasonal “menu” starts to change but I’m glad to report that I’m still encountering all six of the WDC Adopt a Dolphin stars on a regular basis. Kesslet has been popping in and out of the…

Mistaken Identity…

Our fundamental knowledge about the wonderful Bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth/East Coast of Scotland and especially those individuals in the WDC Adopt a Dolphin programme comes from the ability to be able to identify individuals within the population – the dorsal fin on the dolphins back being the biggest and easiest part of a…