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Whales of Iceland exhibition opens today!

It’s wonderful to see the eagerly-awaited new Whales of Iceland exhibition open today and even better to see that its first visitor was Baldur Þorvaldsson, who is a friend of ours! Whales of Iceland is the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe, possibly in the world and boasts almost two dozen lifesize models of…

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Whale Nation: Changing minds and winning hearts in Iceland

I’m  really happy  to announce the launch of our new campaign for Iceland: Whale Nation  and I’m particularly pleased that we have the support of Game of Thrones star, Jerome Flynn, as I’m a big fan! Whale Nation is a rallying call to all those Icelanders who love whales – and those of us outside…

Watching The Waves…

Hi Everyone, After a good start to February for sightings of our dolphins it has gone a bit on the quiet side again with very little breaking the surface at all. There have been some pretty rubbish days weather wise recently, but at other times the light has been beautiful – like the setting sun…

The long and winding road to habitat protection for North Atlantic right whales

Over 5 years ago, WDC, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, and Defenders of Wildlife, petitioned the U.S. government to increase federally designated critical habitat for the 500 remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.  On that day in 2009, we believed we had laid out all…

WDC reward provided in successful prosecution of dolphin crime

The US Department of Justice recently announced the successful prosecution of two perpetrators of a dolphin crime involving the shooting of bottlenose dolphins with a hunting bow. The incident involved brothers who shot at two dolphins who had stranded near Orangefield, Texas with a compound bow in July 2014. One dolphin was fatally wounded, and…

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Nanuq: The most recent casualty of captivity

SeaWorld has announced  that one of its male beluga whales, on breeding loan to its parks from Vancouver Aquarium since 1997, died on Thursday, February 19th. The cause of death has not been reported for Nanuq, an approximately 32-year-old beluga originally captured from the waters of the Hudson Bay, but the Orlando park reported that…