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So what’s the point of all this science?

Renowned philosopher Professor Thomas I White has been an advocate for recognising the rights of whales and dolphins for over two decades. He outlines his manifesto for recognising the personhood status of whales and dolphins in his Primer on Non-human Personhood and Cetacean Rights.  Simply, he argues that the supporting scientific evidence now demonstrates that,…

Antigua and Barbuda considering legislation to ban whale and dolphin captivity

Despite the public’s growing attention and concern about captive cetaceans, swim-with-dolphin encounters have expanded across the Caribbean region in the past two decades. While some islands and countries have chosen to limit or prohibit the establishment of dolphin facilities (e.g., Panama, Costa Rica, Dominica, and St. Maarten), others have permitted, or are in the process…

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Risso’s dolphins in North Wales – Bardsey fieldwork 2014

I can’t believe that this year’s Bardsey fieldwork has been and gone. Thanks to funding from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), we were able to be on Bardsey Island for two weeks in late August/ early September. Our team of two (Vicki James and myself) was reinforced by Ceri Wyn Morris, NRW’s new marine mammal specialist,…

Recent Sightings at Spey Bay

The days are getting shorter and we have had some beautiful clear and crisp autumnal days. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn, producing an array of golden autumnal tones. The robin is singing his melodious tune from strategic perches, a most noticeable bird with their orange-red breast. We have said goodbye to…

Iceland – 2014 minke whale hunt falls short of quota

The 2014 Icelandic minke whale hunt has killed less than 10% of their self-allocated quota. RUV, Iceland state broadcaster, reports that Iceland’s Whale hunters have failed to reach even a small percentage of their qouta, making it very likely that there will be a shortage of whale meat in Iceland this winter. Although the Icelandic government has…

The Calm After The Storm…

Hi Everyone, Well, that was some wild weather we have just had, floods, gales, huge surges in tides…thankfully all calm again and good for observing the sea. Sadly not much with a dorsal fin being seen in my area over the last few days but I did have around ten dolphins wander past Chanonry late…