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Orcas and the Klamath

WDC is grateful to our guest bloggers and value their contributions to conservation. The views and opinions expressed by our guest bloggers are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent those of, and should not be attributed to, WDC. The Klamath and Killer Whales By Steve Rothert, California director for American Rivers The…

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China giving with one hand whilst taking with the other?

Yesterday, China broke the news that it was finally to recognise and address animal welfare within its national legislation. Wildlife in China is currently protected by “The Protection of Wildlife Law” introduced back in 1988. However, the welfare of the individual animal isn’t recognised. This is a crucial omission as authorities are hampered by the…

Greenland, the EU, and who owns the North Pole?

I used to think Father Christmas had the only real claim on the North Pole, but now it seems several countries want to usurp the old gentleman of his home. Over the last few years WDC has been campaigning on the issue of Greenlandic whaling abuses. Regular readers will know that we have kept this…

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Potential breeding ground identified for the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise

After two years of data collection and two years of statistical analyses, the EU Life+-funded project SAMBAH (Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise) has estimated the critically endangered Baltic Sea harbour porpoise population to approximately 450 animals. The data – harbour porpoise echolocation signals recorded through acoustic data loggers called C-PODs –…

Fleeting Glimpses…

Hi Everyone, The weather up here in Scotland is really rubbish just now, with bad storms and snow on higher ground. A few days ago, however I had a surprise visit from Kesslet and her baby in the Kessock Channel – Kesslet looked as though she was hunting for sea trout and another dolphin, possibly…

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R.I.P. Rhapsody

A necropsy performed on Saturday, December 6th revealed some preliminary results about the death of Rhapsody (J32), a member of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population.  Following a ceremony led by an indigenous representative to send Rhapsody on to rest and thank her for the opportunity to learn from her death, scientists from Canada’s…