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Celebrating WDC-North America’s 10 Year Anniversary: Slow but Steady Progress Towards an End to Captivity

As WDC celebrates its ten years in North America, we have been reflecting on both our achievements and the work that still needs to be done.  We often use the analogy of our conservation work being like running a marathon – there are many hills to tackle, but as long as we are moving in…

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Distant Dorsal Fins…

As the first snowfall of winter paints the mountain tops white, my job of finding some of the resident dolphins that are on our Adopt a Dolphin programme gets a little more difficult as generally the weather isn’t quite so good for watching or for photography. Every so often however, mother nature co-operates a little and…

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First pilot whales of the season killed in Taiji

Reports from Taiji reveal the brutal struggle of a large pod of pilot whales that were chased, captured and held for several days before their slaughter. On November 19th, at least 50 pilot whales, including mothers and calves, were driven into the cove. They were held overnight, and separated into two groups the following day.…

Hello Kesslet, Goodbye Nice Weather…

I had a nice surprise in the Kessock Channel near Inverness yesterday – there in the rising tide was Kesslet, one of the WDC adoption dolphins and her big friend Scoopy. They were hunting for the very last of the migratory salmon that were running to a nearby river and I caught a glimpse of Kesslet…

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A first ID match for the orcas of the Indian Ocean

WDC friend and colleague, Georgina Gemmell, recently got in touch with some exciting news to share. Here she takes up the story. Almost nothing is known about the orcas that inhabit the tropical waters of the Northern Indian Ocean (NIO). Due to their offshore nature and infrequent sightings, very little is known about their ecology,…

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More bottlenose driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan

Recent reports from Taiji reveal the tragic chase, capture and slaughter of at least two separate small pods of bottlenose dolphins on November 10th. Of these driven and captured, five dolphins were selected alive for aquaria shortly after the herding occurred, while three were reportedly released back into the ocean. The remaining 8-10 dolphins were…