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Faroes dolphin hunt review – disappointing is an understatement

I wasn’t alone in hoping that substantial changes would be made as a result of the ‘dolphin hunting review’. This so-called ‘review’ was promised by the Faroese government after international and domestic outrage at the massacre of 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins in September 2021. Together with our partners at Avaaz, Only One and SeaLegacy, we…

Minke whale

We told them this would happen! Time to halt cruel whale experiments

An ill-conceived and so far ill-fated joint US/ Norwegian experiment to test minke whales‘ reaction to noise (which I wrote about in May) has concluded its second season. Halfway through a four-year permit period, the project once again has nothing positive to show in research terms – although, sadly, there’s a stressed young whale as…

WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I’m looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience of nature. It’s the end of a motivating and exhausting five days at the second UN Ocean Conference (UNOC). Before the conference started, I went out on the river with Astrid Fuchs and Bianca König (colleagues from WDC Germany) and…

We need whale poo ? WDC NA

Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we’re working hard to bring whales and the ocean into climate conversations at the highest levels. I lead WDC’s ‘Green Whale‘ team and this week I’m at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon talking to policymakers about the vital roles whales play in our fight against the climate crisis.…

Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family lives, and we are leaning more about them all the time. But we are only beginning to understand that whales are essential in ensuring a healthy ocean and helping us combat climate change. The ocean is our largest carbon sink,…

Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine’s coast. They are also victims of war, along with the researchers who study them. Last year, I worked closely with 20 scientists including both Ukrainian and Russian colleagues to identify dolphin and porpoise habitats in the Black Sea. Following our five-day…