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Dolphin brains are more complex than initially thought

Hearing and seeing are largely thought to be two seperate senses. Dolphins however also use sound to see, a technique known as echolocation (see illustration below) where an individual dolphin sends out an acoustic signal (clicks etc.) and whatever it hits, or bounces off of sends back to the dolphin where it can then “see” what…

Disturbance – from the dolphin’s point of view

Picture this: it is the weekend, you are spending time with your family in your back garden barbecuing, when a horde of people you have never seen before stops on the green across the street, revving the motors of their Harley Davidsons, shouting loudly, looking over your fence, climbing over it to snatch the burger…

Still waiting for summer to arrive in the Moray Firth

Up here in the Moray Firth, in North East Scotland summer doesn’t really seem to have started at all with only a few days where the sun has come out and dried the place up a little. It makes preparing to go looking for bottlenose dolphins a bit of a chore as having to put…

Call on St Kitts to stop backing whalers!

We’ve been working with Avaaz, the global petition website, to target the Caribbean island of St Kitts and Nevis. We want St Kitts to remove their flag from the Winter Bay, the vessel chartered by fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson. The Winter Bay is currently moored at Tromso, Norway, laden with an estimated 1,700 tonnes of Icelandic fin…

UK reports latest porpoise bycatch figures to Europe

The latest report calculated that the best estimate is that between 1400 and 1700 porpoises were bycaught in UK fishing nets in 2014 [Northridge et al. 2015]. Previous analyses have suggested that porpoise bycatch rates may have increased slightly since 2010. There is not enough data to break this UK wider figure down into more…

Peter Pueschel

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the sudden loss of Peter Pueschel, Director of International Environmental Agreements at IFAW. Peter has not only been a strong and instrumental voice for the protection of many wild species of animals, he was also a kind, funny and wonderful colleague to meet on the…