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Journey to the Ross Sea #2

I remember staring up at the huge map of the world in my geography classes at school and seeing Antarctica represented as a featureless white strip of land running along the bottom of the world. It was only much later did I appreciate how immense the white continent actually is and recognise it as truly…

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Scrap dolphins’ environmental message

About 18 months ago, we were approached by the coordinator of the Chippenham Children and Young People’s Parliament to ask if we might find a way of working together on a Chippenham-wide project. She had been inspired to make contact after her daughter’s school had received a visit from one of WDC’s volunteer speakers and…

Guest review of a new book on culture in whales and dolphins

I have pleasure in introducing another guest blog by Icelander and WDC friend, Kris Hjalmarsson, who reviews a brand new book exploring ‘culture’ in whales and dolphins. As a frequent visitor to the WDC website, I feel fortunate that I have been given this opportunity to post my review of a recently-released book, The Cultural…

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Latest ’whale beer’ in Iceland: what a load of b*lls!

In what feels increasingly like a warped version of the Hokeycokey (in… out…in…out), ‘whale beer’ will once again be on sale in Iceland from January 23rd – but with an obscene twist. This time it will be flavoured by smoked fin whale testicles. Yes, really. Whale beer #1 – January 2014 Last January, we reported…

J50 is a girl!

The second sighting of the newest Southern Resident, J50, has revealed that this little one is a girl!  While male orcas are easily distinguishable by their towering dorsal fins, this identifying trait does not start to grow until the boys hit their teens, and it can be hard to tell juvenile males from the females…

Japan’s whalers get into the ’snake oil’ business

Every year we are bombarded with advertising campaigns for things such as washing powder that claim that their product is ‘brand new’. We all have suspicions that in reality these ‘new products’ are in fact, simply repackaged versions of the same product (with maybe a new variation on an ingredient) we used last year and…