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Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Tokitae in captivity

Talking to TUI – will they stop supporting whale and dolphin captivity?

Last Thursday I travelled to Berlin for a long-anticipated meeting with TUI senior executives. I...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We've been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year's Earth Day,...
Orcas at the seabed

The secrets of orca beach life

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas...

The EU and whaling

The EU Commission has been playing backroom games to ensure that Denmark gets its quota for Greenland at the forthcoming IWC meeting in Slovenia (11th-18th Sepetember), and we shall discuss this more in the coming days in these very blogs, but one has to ask if the Commission has not had its sights on protecting whales, but has it been more concerned with what the composition of the EU Commission will look like for the coming few years? Many in the Commission and many of those in European governments favour the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to become the next President of the European Council.

Has this internal politics been guiding the EU Commission in its overwhelming drive to deliver Greenland a quota? So far, from what we know, its not the whales that are winning under EU patronage.

Watch this space.