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Feldforschung bei den Rundkopfdelfinen in Nordwales

Dank der Finanzierung der Organisation Natural Resources Wales (NRW) waren wir in der Lage diesen September zwei Wochen lang eine Studie zu den Rundkopfdelfin– und Schweinswalpopulationen vor Bardsey Island durchzuführen.  Projektleiterin Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio und ich wurden in der ersten Woche von NRWs leitendem Meeressäuger-Ökologen Tom Stringell und in der zweiten Woche von Meeressäuger-Spezialistin Ceri Wyn…

Risso’s dolphins in north Wales – Bardsey Island fieldwork 2015

Thanks to funding from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), we were able to go to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) for two weeks in September this year to undertake our study into the Risso’s dolphin and harbour porpoise populations there. Our team of two (project leader Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio and myself), were joined by NRW’s Senior Marine Mammal Ecologist,…

Celebrating WDC-North America’s 10 Year Anniversary: Slow but Steady Progress Towards an End to Captivity

As WDC celebrates its ten years in North America, we have been reflecting on both our achievements and the work that still needs to be done.  We often use the analogy of our conservation work being like running a marathon – there are many hills to tackle, but as long as we are moving in…

Distant Dorsal Fins…

As the first snowfall of winter paints the mountain tops white, my job of finding some of the resident dolphins that are on our Adopt a Dolphin programme gets a little more difficult as generally the weather isn’t quite so good for watching or for photography. Every so often however, mother nature co-operates a little and…

First pilot whales of the season killed in Taiji

Reports from Taiji reveal the brutal struggle of a large pod of pilot whales that were chased, captured and held for several days before their slaughter. On November 19th, at least 50 pilot whales, including mothers and calves, were driven into the cove. They were held overnight, and separated into two groups the following day.…

Hello Kesslet, Goodbye Nice Weather…

I had a nice surprise in the Kessock Channel near Inverness yesterday – there in the rising tide was Kesslet, one of the WDC adoption dolphins and her big friend Scoopy. They were hunting for the very last of the migratory salmon that were running to a nearby river and I caught a glimpse of Kesslet…