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What do whales do when a storm of historic proportion hits their coast?

WDC’s North American office is located in Plymouth, MA, one of the communities hard hit by this week’s blizzard-hurricane, named Juno.  With nearly three feet (1M) of snow falling within 24 hours and accompanied by hurricane force winds, Massachusetts issued a travel ban to reduce the risk of human casualties and enable the state’s cleaning…

Right Whales: A Love Story

Episode 1 Carl Safina What makes an animal “lovable”?  Images of puppies, pandas and elephants dominate the internet under this subject.  Even in the whale world there are many species who are impressive and “personable” (humpbacks, grey whales, most dolphins and porpoises) and make it easy to say “That’s my favorite animal!”.  The North Atlantic…

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Breach: world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week

I’m delighted to report that Breach, a documentary on Icelandic whaling made by independent LA-based film-maker, Jonny Zwick, will receive its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California, which opens today and runs to February 7th. The film is being shown twice: on Wednesday 28th and Saturday 31st January. Jonny’s film…

3000 children in Iquitos make a pledge to protect river dolphins

WDC has helped Solinia, a conservation group in Peru, deliver environmental education events in schools and communities. Solinia has awarded over 3000 certificates to children in the past year. Each child has completed all the activities and challenges with the help and guidance of Solinia volunteers; they have written and heard conservation stories, painted and…

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’DamNation’ heads to D.C.

This week, the last week of January 2015, outdoor sports company Patagonia will be in Washington, D.C. to screen their groundbreaking (and dambreaking!) documentary “DamNation” and meet with legislators to discuss the problem of America’s “deadbeat dams.”  They will also be presenting information from WDC and other groups, including the Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook…

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Japan and press freedom – What does it mean for whaling

A year ago, I wrote about concerns that people were beginning to raise about Japanese Government policy and the freedom of the press. At the time, I noted that the Japanese media has historically been reluctant to discuss any version of the whaling debate that runs contrary to the view of the pro-whaling interests and…