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Making Faces for Food

“If you keep making that face it’ll freeze that way!” Do you think beluga moms use that line on their kids? Probably not, because the moms are making faces, too!  Belugas have very malleable mouths with a cleft upper lip.  These traits are unusual among whales and dolphins, but give belugas their uniquely wide range…

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A Family Heritage

Belugas, particularly females, have high site fidelity – meaning they return to the same areas year after year.  This is common in many whale species; the young learn from their mothers the good hunting grounds and safe wintering areas and continue the “family tradition” of visiting the same places.  Belugas will return each year to…

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Spey Bay Summer

It has been 8 months since the migratory ‘vols’ (residential volunteers) arrived in Spey Bay to volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre for the season (until the end of October). Julie, Leanne, Ruth, Tessa and Gail arrived at the end of February, to a rather wintery bay. We saw our first dolphins of the season…

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More Protection Needed Against Sad Entanglements

Recently, a dead North Atlantic right whale was spotted off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina that appears to be a victim of entanglement – line can clearly be seen going through the mouth, wrapped through baleen, and extending along the body.  The whale has been identified by the New England Aquarium as Patti, an adult male…

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Slow Ships for Safe Whales

As a policy intern I spend most of my time in the office, reading a lot of important papers and doing a lot of important things, but every once in a while they unchain me from my desk (remember, we’re against captivity) and let me out on a boat.  It’s nice to get out on…

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Can You Hear Me Now?

The Navy recently announced that they plan to ignore the common sense recommendations of the California Coastal Commission, choosing instead to push ahead with their plan to train with deafening sonar and explosives off the coast of Southern California. Below is a statement from Michael Jansy, director of the National Resource Defense Council’s Marine Mammal…

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Lacking Dollars for Dolphins

Currently, marine mammal standing teams along the Atlantic seaboard are being kept busy by an unusually high rate of dolphin strandings. The standings have prompted federal officials to declare an Unusual Mortality Event (“UME”) for dolphins. As the federal government begins investigating this UME, they have suggested an early suspect might be morbillivirus, an air-borne…

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Boo on Shamu!

Is SeaWorld trying to buy our forgiveness by connecting with well-known and well-loved brands? First Wendy’s, now Stauffer’s (the ones who make those delicious animal crackers) have SeaWorld-themed products that encourage their customers to visit the oceanarium.  The “Shamu and Friends” line of cheddar cheese crackers features smiling orca cartoons, and the box declares that…

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Saving the North Atlantic Right Whale…

We at WDC-NA have been working overtime to raise awareness of the ship strike rule and its potential expiration, which would increase the risk to right whales. Our job here is to pay attention to policy issues such as these and call attention to them. While our official comments to the government certainly matter, the…

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