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Posts by Danny Groves

Help WDC win a huge Christmas donation

WDC’s long-term supporters, Animal Friends Insurance, have chosen us to be a part of their 2019 ‘£100k giveaway’, which will see one of the nominated charities awarded an amazing £100k donation in time for Christmas. WDC is up against five other great causes for the big prize, and so we urgently need your help to…

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Surf’s up for porpoises in Wales

Rare images of porpoises surfing the waves off the coast of Wales were snapped by members of a research team from WDC over the weekend as they scanned the water from a land-based platform on the Lleyn peninsula. Whilst this kind of behaviour is common among their bigger cousins, dolphins, it is not often that…

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Financial worth of whales revealed

Policymakers and economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have placed a substantial value on the benefits of having healthy whales in the ocean. The report looks at the economic benefits whales provide to industries such as ecotourism, and also the environmental benefits (such as how much carbon they remove from the atmosphere by absorbing…

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Rugby World Cup fans warned of whale meat risk

WDC has launched an awareness campaign today calling on people visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup this autumn to be like most Japanese people and steer clear of whale meat. Rugby fans are being warned of the potential risk of finding whale meat in Japanese foods, even in familiar sounding dishes such as curry,…

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SeaWorld parts company with another CEO

Troubled marine park operator, SeaWorld has parted company with yet another CEO. Gus Antorcha, who had been with SeaWorld for less than seven months has resigned following internal disagreements over decision making. Antorcha replaced Joel Manby, who was named CEO in 2015, who also stepped down last year. SeaWorld has faced a public backlash following the release…

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Antibiotic resistance in dolphins mirrors trend seen in humans

Samples collected from dolphins by scientists over a 12 year period indicate that dolphins may be mirroring the trend in human resistance to antibiotic drugs. Researchers looked at the samples from bottlenose dolphins living in the Indian River Lagoon in Florida between 2003 and 2015 and found that nearly 90% of the 733 samples taken…

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Canada to move two captive belugas to theme park in Spain

Two captive beluga whales are to be moved from the Marineland theme park in Canada to a Spanish facility, despite the Canadian government recently banning live imports and exports of these marine mammals, and the capture of wild whales, dolphins and porpoises for aquaria. The Canadian Fisheries Minister approved the permits for the move under exceptions…

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UK firm announces potential drastic plastic action against staff

UK A company has announced plans to help ease the problem of plastic pollution by changing staff contracts to try to stop single-use plastic being brought into the workplace. Anyone ignoring the new rules would receive warnings and could then face the sack. The company, Intelligent Hand Dryers (IHD), introduced an office ban on all…

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