The colossal amount of plastic waste from single-use water bottles and other sources equates to more than the combined weight of every single living blue whale (the largest creature ever to have lived on earth) and equal to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every single foot of the world’s coastline. This number is set to double to 10 bags full by 2025.
Emily Burton, one of our fantastic volunteers at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, gives an update on the Scottish Dolphin Centre's efforts to reduce its plastic waste.
12.7 million tons of plastic is dumped into the sea each year. That’s the equivalent of a full bin lorry every single minute. -Greenpeace
Rare footage of dolphins spitting has been captured by the BBC during four years of filming beneath the world’s oceans for the new ground-breaking series, Blue Planet II.
Cameramen caught Snub Fin dolphins on camera, for what could be the first time, off the coast of Western Australia spitting into the air to trick fish into leaping from the water in order to then eat them.
The new series, which promises to be a treat for those who love marine wildlife, is set to broadcast in October.
Saturday, September 16th was designated as the International Coastal Cleanup Day, and shortly some colleagues from our other offices will share updates and photos from their events.
This blog was written by WDC interns at the Scottish Dolphin Centre; Emily, Sadie, Emma and Anna to highlight the problem of plastic pollution. They set themselves a challenge to go plastic free and here they share their experience, struggles and successes.
Large ships are being asked to slow down this summer and fall while traversing an area of critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca community. The Port of Vancouver’s initiative known as “Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation,” or the ECHO Program, is dedicated to mitigating threats to endangered whales from shipping
Academics from the University of Bath have come up with a biodegradable alternative for microbeads.
Microbeads are tiny plastic particles used in beauty and skincare products and, despite the fact that bans on their use are coming into force they will continue to be washed out into the oceans, consumed by marine life which humans then eat, allowing potentially harmful effects on the body.
Scientists working at Bath University have now come up with a method to make microbeads out of cellulose, a starch found in wood and plants.
In the first few days of 2016 came the depressing news that a female orca had been found washed ashore dead on the Hebridean island of Tiree off the west coast of Scotland.
Researchers at Cambridge University may have discovered a solution to the huge plastic pollution problem that the world faces, and it comes in the form of a small caterpillar.
Experiments involving small moth larvae (Galleria mellonella), which eat wax in bee hives, have revealed that they can also eat their way through plastic bags! The larvae then break down the chemical bonds of plastic in the similar way to digesting beeswax.