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Breach, the documentary on Icelandic whaling is now available worldwide!

I’m delighted to herald the worldwide release of Breach, a must-see documentary on Icelandic whaling. WDC has encouraged and supported US-based independent film-maker Jonny Zwick, who is also the film’s producer and director, since its inception as a Kickstarter back in February 2014. The fact that Breach exists at all is testament to Jonny’s determination…

Responsible Whale Watching should never be hit or miss

Watching whales in the wild is a wonderful alternative to seeing whales and dolphins in captivity – nothing compares to seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.  Captivity is not only extremely harmful and detrimental to whales and dolphins, but also does a disservice to the people who experience these wonderful beings in a…

Record killing and trade of fin whales in Iceland on a par with rhino and elephant poaching

As Iceland’s whaling season officially ends this week, it’s time to take stock.  A total of 184 whales (155 fin whales and 29 minke whales)  have been harpooned this year in the waters around Iceland. That fin whale total is the largest since the international whaling moratorium came into effect in 1986 and is the first…

Increasing the size of orca tanks sounds like a good idea, but…

(The statement below was excerpted from WDC’s official letter to the California Coastal Commission) WDC encourages the California Coastal Commission to deny the coastal development permit sought by SeaWorld for its Blue World orca tank expansion project. We believe that what are relatively marginal increases in orca habitat (in comparison to an ocean environment) will not…

Unlocking the secrets of whale and dolphin societies

Arguably more than anything else, photo-identification, or “photo-ID,” opened the door to our appreciation of whales and dolphins as individuals. WDC researchers and close collaborators have had a key role in the development and use of photo-ID, and it’s still the fundamental tool that we use in our work with North Atlantic right whales off…

Georgia Aquarium Permit Denial Stands: Court rules in favor of beluga whales

The appeal by Georgia Aquarium to overturn and invalidate the decision to deny its request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia is officially closed. On September 28th, the federal district court in Atlanta officially dismissed Georgia Aquarium’s motion for summary judgment, which practically means the original import permit denial issued by…