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Japan Dolphin Day signals the beginning of another dolphin drive hunt season in Japan

An international day of awareness again marked the beginning of the dolphin drive hunt season in Taiji, Japan with events occurring all over the globe in at least 50 countries on September 1st.  WDC supports these activities, otherwise known as Japan Dolphin Day, to raise awareness to the start of the seasonal dolphin hunts and…

24 hours at Cracroft Point

CP, or Cracroft Point, is OrcaLab’s remote outpost and land-based video station perfectly located at the point where Blackney Pass feeds into Johnstone Strait in British Columbia, Canada. This rocky headland witnesses the annual migration of millions of salmon as they return to their spawning rivers along the west coast. There are five species of…

Icelandic whaler may have won the battle – but he will surely lose the war

As the Winter Bay pulled into port at Osaka, Japan, earlier today,  laden with over 1,800 tonnes of Icelandic fin whale meat meat, I, for one, am flabbergasted: not only that this nefarious trade continues, but also that this particular shipment has been successful.  Most people are, rightly, outraged that whilst trade in whale products…

Kesslet The Connoisseur

I am lucky enough to be able to witness the WDC adoption dolphins at very close quarters sometimes through my big camera lenses and a few days ago I had ID#433 “Kesslet” right in front of me gulping down a juicy salmon with the air of a real connoisseur. At this time of year the…

Entitlement and the Georgia Aquarium: Hearing reveals the privilege of Public Display Industry

In the ongoing lawsuit entangling Georgia Aquarium, Inc., the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and a coalition of environmental and animal protection organizations that includes WDC, a hearing was held in the federal district court in Atlanta on August 14th. This hearing addressed the merits of legal proceedings initiated by Georgia Aquarium upon the…

Team work saves the life of a humpback whale off Iceland

 I have pleasure introducing a guest blog from María Gunnarsdóttir, Project Manager for IceWhale, the Icelandic Whale Watching Association, which promotes whale watching and whale conservation.  María was personally involved in the successful mission during mid-August to free ‘Nettie’ the humpback whale found badly entangled in Faxafloi Bay, Reykjavik, Iceland. Here, she tells the story…