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Superpod and the Southern Residents

This year’s Superpod was full of great talks, film screenings (I’m officially calling “DamNation” the next “Blackfish”) book signings, and more – the orcas of course – but one of my favorite things about this annual gathering is the “cross-pollination” concept of idea sharing between attendees.  It’s rare to have so many researchers, advocates, and…

Latest sightings of Moray Firth adoption dolphins

The seasonal migratory salmon run is a little better at the moment with dolphins tucking in to tasty fish – as you can see in the photo below of ID#1025 “Charlie”, 8 year old son of Adopt a Dolphin “Kesslet” and his huge catch that will do very nicely for lunch. My sightings of the…

Icelandic whale watch community rallies to assist entangled humpback whale

We’re currently following efforts by local whale watch companies and the coastguard to assist an entangled humpback whale in Faxafloi Bay, near Reykjavik, Iceland. The whale appears to be badly entangled in fishing gear and unfortunately, poor weather and sea conditions have further complicated rescue efforts. WDC has been helping to facilitate contact between Elding…

Dolphin SMART recognizes another Florida business

WDC and program partners welcome Coastal Kayak Charters of St. Pete Beach, Florida to Dolphin SMART – a unique voluntary wild dolphin conservation and stewardship program. Dolphin SMART recognizes businesses that responsibly advertise and view wild dolphins and educate their patrons on dolphin conservation. Coastal Kayak Charters transports guests and kayaks by boat to explore…

The Winter Bay is on the move again! Whale meat vessel sets off for Japan

The Winter Bay, the second-rate vessel chartered by Icelandic whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, to move an estimated 1,700 tonnes of fin whale meat to Japan, is on the move again! The vessel has been moored in Tromso since June 11th.  Recent reports that the Winter Bay, which has only basic ice strengthening, would be stuck there…

The Travels Of A Young Bottlenose Dolphin

While out on an all day Bottlenose dolphin Photo ID survey recently with the staff of Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station we came across young “Lunar” ID#1113 (nearest the camera) the 5 year old son of WDC Adopt a Dolphin “Moonlight” seen here with ID#1109 “Puddles”. I didn’t see Lunar last summer and wondered if,…