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Out Of The Blue…

Hi Everyone, I had a lovely day on Tuesday working with Simon and Pippa from North 58 Sea Adventures in Findhorn filming with the Childrens BBC “Wild” TV crew. We saw lovely Common & Grey Seals and then later on near the Skerries at Lossiemouth we encountered around 20 of our Bottlenose dolphins who kept…

Virgin Releases Its Captivity Stakeholder Meeting Report

Days after we launched our campaign pressuring Richard Branson to stop selling trips to SeaWorld, he called a historic meeting to discuss the issue of captivity and tourism. WDC was asked to attend. In follow-up to that stakeholder meeting which occurred in Miami in early June, Virgin recently posted the report of the meeting detailing…

A Vancouver future free of whale and dolphin captivity?

On the 31st July 2014, something historic happened in Vancouver, Canada. At a special meeting organised to focus on the captivity of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium, the Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously in favour of an end to captive breeding at the aquarium. The Board has now directed its staff to bring…

The vanishing vaquita!

Things are not looking good for one of the smallest and most endangered dolphins. With less than 100 individuals thought to remain, a new report from the international vaquita recovery team (CIRVA) strongly recommends that the Government of Mexico enact emergency regulations establishing a gillnet exclusion zone covering the full range of the vaquita. If…

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Outdoors is best

As this is my first blog post I will start by introducing myself. My name is Lorna and I am the education officer based at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. Probably the best thing I could tell you about myself is that I love my job. I get to work with a wide-range of people and…

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Risso’s dolphins rule in the Azores!

We’d seen the blows from land, so we knew as we approached from a mile or so that the disturbance on the otherwise flat calm surface of the deep offshore ocean was significant. But what we found surpassed our expectations. Northern bottlenose whales, like all beaked whales, are very poorly understood. So as we slowly…