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Coffee and Dolphins – a great combination…

While round at the Rosemarkie Beach Cafe yesterday having a cup of coffee to warm up and also signing some copies of my new book on dolphins I had the lovely surprise of firstly Kesslet cruising past very close in to the shore in Rosemarkie Bay then a bit later young Charlie came to join…

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Remembering Rhapsody – One year later

On December 4th, 2014, the body of an orca was found floating off Comox, British Columbia.  Curiosity over the death was muted when the orca was identified as a member of the Southern Resident orca community.  Any loss to this small, endangered population is a tough blow, but this death was especially hard.  Rhapsody (J32)…

Orca Morgan – Four years at Loro Parque

In June 2010 a young female orca was found alone and emaciated in the Wadden Sea, near the Dutch coast. Under a permit for rehabilitation and release she was taken to the dolphinarium Harderwijk and nursed back to health. On November 29, 2011 Morgan was transported again – but not into a sea pen to…

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As Japan launches its new whaling programme, is the fleet sailing into new legal jeopardy?

Seemingly driven by spurious nationalistic pride and despite their failure to gain the support of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and, in contempt of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet is leaving its homeport today, December 1st. But the fleet may not simply be sailing into the choppy waters of the…

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Fjord Fiesta

Timeline: November 2015 Location: N: 69 45 56 E: 18 40 18 Kaldfjorden, Northern Norway. My first experience of whale watching in Norway was nearly 20 years ago when I, like thousands of others, made the trip to Tysfjorden high above the Arctic Circle to witness the phenomenon of large pods of orcas hunting the…

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Risso’s dolphins in north Wales – Bardsey Island fieldwork 2015

Thanks to funding from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), we were able to go to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) for two weeks in September this year to undertake our study into the Risso’s dolphin and harbour porpoise populations there. Our team of two (project leader Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio and myself), were joined by NRW’s Senior Marine Mammal Ecologist,…