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Popular humpback whale is killed by passing ship

Popular humpback whale is killed by passing ship

A humpback whale popular with whale watchers in waters off California and Mexico has died after being struck by a passing ship. Known as Fran, the 50-foot whale was found washed up on the shore in Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco earlier this week, and her death now raises concerns for the survival…

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Beluga move plans postponed after service boat sinks

Plans to return beluga whales, Little White and Little Grey to their sea sanctuary in Iceland have now had to be postponed due to an unprecedented incident, which happened in the bay last week. The main support and diving contractor’s boat sank in Klettsvik Bay just hours before the whales were due to move, resulting…

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Bottlenose dolphin with calf

Purnell helps WDC train the conservationists of the future

After a 2 year break due to Covid restrictions, we have been delighted to relaunch our Residential Volunteer Programme in Scotland again this summer. We welcomed Alex, Hannah, Maddie and Michael plus two new volunteers – Jamie and Ailish – who will take part in a new 7 week placement with us in the Autumn,…

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To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing around beyond human borders and the jurisdiction of any country. These waters contain some of the last wilderness areas on the planet, are packed with life, and some spots are so remote  that few humans have ever ventured to them.…

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Sharing our Spey Bay stories – tell us yours

2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created or written in Scotland will be showcased and celebrated. Here at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay in the north-east of Scotland, we’re taking part by collecting stories about Spey Bay from our visitors, volunteers and the local community. We…

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More help for entangled whales thanks to project funding

A project to stop whale entanglement in fishing gear has received a huge boost thanks to a recently awarded grant from NatureScot’s Nature Restoration Fund (NRF), and funding from Jingle Jam 2021 – the annual fundraiser by Bristol-based Twitch content creators and long-term WDC supporters, The Yogscast. The project builds on findings from the recent Scottish…

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