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European fishing continues to threaten dolphins and porpoises

Fishing activities involving pelagic trawling and static net fisheries may be incidentally killing more common dolphins than their populations can sustain in European waters. Despite being shocking, this is not new news. From data collected in 2014, ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) reports that bycatch of cetaceans has been observed in…

Japan finally accepts ICJ ruling applies to all scientific whaling

Has Japan finally accepted that the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2014 ruling applies to all its scientific whaling and not just the slaughter of whales in the Antarctic? The Japan Times is reporting that the Fisheries Agency will “carry out a comprehensive review of its research whaling in the northwestern Pacific Ocean from fiscal…

How cute is this baby dolphin?

ID#866 “Zephyr” and her eight month old baby were at a very cold and rough Chanonry Point this morning and even in the hail and sleet – this little bundle of joy just looked gorgeous… I also had Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet and her son Charlie at Chanonry but it was a very brief…

Ask an Expert – Dr. Giles, part 2

Part 2 of our Q&A with Dr. Giles, research director of the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, Washington, focuses on the research conducted by the CWR and what they’ve seen in 40 years of studying the Southern Residents. WDC: The Center for Whale Research is located in Washington State and is a…

The Klamath Undammed – a win for endangered orcas

April 6, 2016: A win for the endangered orcas After nearly a decade of negotiations and multiple efforts to have legislation passed by Congress, PacifiCorp, the company that owns four dams on the Klamath River of Oregon and California, has signed an agreement to remove the four Klamath River dams by 2020! The critically endangered…

Go Sundance!

At a wild and cold Chanonry Point yesterday I had the pleasure of watching two of our adopt a dolphin stars Kesslet and Sundance plus three other dolphins at work catching fish, mainly salmon but suddenly all five dolphins changed direction at incredible speed and went charging off into the distance – obviously in hot…