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Dolphin Sightings Update

Even although it was sunny at Chanonry Point this morning, it was a bitterly cold wind but I was happy anyway as I spotted two groups of dolphins travelling through the Chanonry Narrows – the 1.2km gap between the landmasses where the tides are so powerful. The dolphins were about halfway across the rough but…


Mayday Monday – the Cumulative Nature of Threats

Last week we explained that despite protection as an endangered species for the past ten years, the Southern Resident orca population has failed to show signs of long term recovery. The current amount of federally designated critical habitat only covers the summer home of the Southern Residents, which is why WDC supports expanding their critical…


More time to comment on controversial oil plans

The Port Authority of Cromarty Firth in Scotland has given way to public pressure and extended a public consultation date (now Feb 8th) regarding a proposal to transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil between ships anchored near the mouth of the Firth. The area is an important environmental site regularly visited by dolphins, all…


Mayday Monday – What is Critical Habitat?

CLICK HERE for this week’s special feature, an interview with WDC’s Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow and Program Lead for Critical Habitat and Marine Protected Areas. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responsible for legal protection of marine life and the recovery of protected species. The…


Ask an Expert: What is Critical Habitat? with WDC's Erich Hoyt

Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Program Lead, Critical Habitat and Marine Protected Areas helps us explain more about what critical habitat is and what it can do for whale and dolphin populations.  His answers draw on his book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (Routledge, Taylor & Francis 2011,…


Dolphins in the Desert—what’s wrong with this picture?

What do a seemingly innocuous article circulating in the Mexican media in early January and a profile piece on an amusement park industry website have in common? They give a glimpse of the firestorm that is about to erupt in the desert of central Arizona if reports are true as WDC has just learned of a proposed…