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A brief history of the Southern Residents

WDC will be launching a new campaign soon and I’d like to offer a little background information so that our supporters have all the knowledge they need to help us out with our new endeavor. Who are the Southern Residents? We use that term a lot here, so I’d like to offer some clarification on…

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Bottlenose and more Risso’s dolphins killed in recent drive hunts in Japan

The first bottlenose dolphins to be driven into the killing cove this season met an all-too-familiar tragic fate over this past weekend in Taiji, Japan. A pod of 20-25 individuals were driven and held over the course of several days before a reported 11 were slaughtered, and five were taken alive into captivity. The remaining…

Watching dolphins from the beach in Scotland: WDC/Charlie Phillips

Don’t stroke the lions!

When you go to an animal park where they hold animals like lions or bears, there are signs that say “Don’t open the windows of your car!” or “Don’t get out of the car!” or “Don’t try to stroke the animals!” or “Do not reach through the bars!” And people generally follow these instructions because…

Dolphin delights at Bardsey Island

Earlier this year we were back in North Wales, at Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), undertaking our fieldwork into the Risso’s dolphins that make Bardsey their home during the summer and autumn months.   We had a fantastic field season this year with one of our best ever encounters, we had more than 30 Risso’s dolphins…

Virtual Displays: Technology and a More Humane Future for Whales and Dolphins?

Technology is second-nature to most of us and is applied, relied upon, and integrated into most aspects of our daily life from a very early age. Technological advances have changed the face of practically every industry and hold promise for confronting some of the world’s most intractable problems, including hunger, disease, drought, and energy shortages.…

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A Love Letter to the Gulf of Maine Whales

WDC-NA intern Stephanie Wrobel just completed her internship, and we are as sad to see her go as she is to leave! Who knew three months could be over so quickly! 89 days seems like such a long time but looking back it feels like it has really only been one month since I started…