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No reprieve for dolphins in Taiji

December has been a brutal month for dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Reports from the ground reveal the tragic chase, capture and slaughter of over 100 dolphins in an intense few weeks of hunting. At least eight Risso’s dolphins were herded and killed on December 17th, and a day later, a large pod of striped dolphins…

The Baby Boom Continues

Last week, in the midst of the largest gathering of marine mammal scientists in the world (more on that later!), we learned that the Center for Whale Research had confirmed the seventh new calf this year in the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community.  New baby J54 was spotted with 22-year-old mother Polaris (J28) –…

A Look Back At The 2015 Adopt A Dolphin Season

As 2015 draws rapidly to a close I thought that I would have a fond look back at the highs and (thankfully not many) lows of the 2015 dolphin season and the lovely dolphins that you adopt up here in the Inner Moray Firth. It has been a slightly unusual year in that the resident…

Celebrating 10 years of WDC NA: Towards an end to whaling

Celebrating 10 years of WDC´s presence in North America is a good opportunity to look both back on our accomplishments to date and forward to our continued efforts to once and for all end commercial whaling. WDC-North America opened its doors 10 years ago in a country that was once one of the world´s most…

A Candle for Corky – 46 years in captivity

This year marks the 46th year of captivity for Corky, a member of the A5 pod in the Northern Resident orca community.  Corky has now survived longer than any other wild orca taken during the capture era of the 1960s and 70s.  Lolita, a Southern Resident orca held at the Miami Seaquarium, is a close…

The little porpoise making big waves

No matter what your opinion on ex-situ conservation is (and they can be varying), there is no doubt that the project to “save” the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise from extinction is reaping some early rewards.  This little porpoise is restricted to the middle and lower reaches of China’s Yangtze River (including two adjoining lakes)…