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Pilot whales under the midnight sun

I’m delighted to introduce the second blog from supporter Oliver Dirr, who has been travelling round the world, watching whales and sharing his best experiences with us! Read on for his account of a magical night under the midnight sun in Norway. Picture the scene: it’s close to midnight, yet the sun is still out.…

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Deaf students experience the beauty of whale song for the first time

Deaf students in the Dominican Republic have been given the opportunity to ‘hear’ whale song for the first time thanks to an innovative education project. Using technology developed for music producers in the US, Maria Batlle, founder of Muse Seek (an education enterprise) has enabled students from the National School for the Deaf in Santo…

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Whales and History

The Azores are a renowned hot spot for encountering marine wildlife, including the majestic sperm whale. Holly from WDC’s travel partner Off the Map Travel recently visited the Azores to see first-hand how the islands have moved away from the dark days of whaling, to a brighter future embracing responsible whale watching. Sitting quietly in…

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Whale watching tours to resume in Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura has announced that it will resume whale watching tours on Monday (January 2nd). It was forced to suspend operations in November after an earthquake left the town on New Zealand’s South Island cut off and its marina suffered serious damaged.  Whale watching, run as a community trust by the local Maori tribe,…

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WDC's Whale SENSE Atlantic Program has Banner Year in 2016

In 2016, the responsible whale watching program Whale SENSE Atlantic hit two records: the highest number of participants (16) and the most large whale entanglements documented by participants (13). The most recent entanglement was reported by American Princess Cruises out of New York City on December 4, and involved a critically endangered right whale.  “This…

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TripAdvisor to stop promotion of swim-with dolphin activities

Travel website, TripAdvisor has announced that it will no longer allow users to book activities that involve contact with endangered species or captive wild animals. The decision comes as public opinion continues to shift regarding shows that use intelligent creatures like whales and dolphins for human entertainment. Recent drops in profits and share prices have led captivity…

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