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Important developments for naval sonar and impacts of pile driving

WDC was pleased to be asked to present at the first public forum (that I know of) on Sea Mammals and Active Sonar Symposium this week. You can see our contribution: sonar_symposium_2015.pdf. This is the first of two big noise developments that I want to mention. Whilst we are always impatient for developments to mitigate impacts…

David Cameron in Iceland: historic chance to table whaling concerns

  In a week when Iceland’s increasingly popular Left Green opposition party reaffirmed its opposition to whaling  and a new Gallup poll reveals that the Icelandic population’s interest in eating whale meat is at its lowest for a decade, it is surely timely that this coincides with the first official visit to Iceland by the UK’s…

Sundance, Kesslet and a (not common) Common dolphin

I spent a lovely last afternoon of the season yesterday out on the water up near the Cromarty Firth onboard Ecoventures and the skipper Sarah and the guests and I enjoyed a visit by around twelve or so of the resident Bottlenose dolphins including Adopt a Dolphin stars Sundance and Kesslet who were side by…

Speedy, Kesslet und ein (nicht so) gewöhnlicher Delfin

Gestern durfte ich bei der letzten Bootstour der Saison von Ecoventures Cromarty dabei sein und wir hatten einen sehr schönen Nachmittag. Ungefähr zwölf der hier lebenden Großen Tümmler konnten wir beobachten, unter anderem auch Patendelfin Speedy und seine Freundin Kesslet. Sie schwammen Seite an Seite ziemlich nah am Ufer entlang. Auf dem Foto sieht man…

A rare meeting of orcas

Researchers at OrcaLab on Hanson Island, located at the northern end of Vancouver Island, have received a rare visit from the Southern Resident orcas. A write-up of the encounter from Helena Symonds of OrcaLab: Last night visitors at OrcaLab heard and identified Southern Residents in Johnstone Strait. They had been seen earlier in the afternoon near Ripple…

Breach: London screening a great success

We were privileged to host the first screening of Breach in Europe on Friday evening. Breach, a film about Icelandic whaling, was presented by its producer and director, Los Angeles-based film-maker, Jonny Zwick. It was a great night at an amazing avant-garde venue, the historic Horse Hospital in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district. Audience…