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Pincer movement: Why ending whaling in Iceland will be a team effort

I’m just back from a short trip to monitor whaling activities in Iceland. In my last blog, I described feelings of anger and sorrow as we watched healthy, endangered fin whales landed and butchered – almost certainly to join other hapless members of their species in industrial freezers in Japan.  As I write, at least…

Effort to Gain Stronger Protection for Russian Belugas Moves Forward

Today the National Marine Fisheries Service announced a positive 60-day finding on a petition to designate the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River beluga whale population in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, as depleted under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The petition was submitted by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Cetacean…

What’s Around Spey Bay

This weeks blog has been written by Scottish Dolphin Centre summer guide Heather. Read on to find out what she has been spotting around Spey Bay these past few weeks… As the weather warms up at Spey Bay we have been seeing bottlenose dolphins almost every day and it has been very exciting for all…

Southwest Airlines Takes Flight from SeaWorld

In January 1988, Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld of Texas announced their plans for a marketing partnership that would later be extended to all SeaWorld parks and over 25 years of marketing promotions and publicity, including planes painted with the likeness of ‘Shamu.’ Southwest Airlines has been the official airline of SeaWorld until today when Southwest…

Under The Skin…

We are into the bottlenose dolphin calving season up here in the Moray Firth and I often get asked about the discoloured, sometimes unsightly marks and blotches that often appear on young (and not so young) dolphins skin. These skin “lesions” as they are called appear to take on many different “types”, colours and shapes…

Entangled Whale Watch Boat Makes National News – Entangled Whales Rarely Do

An “entangled” whale watching boat with 157 passengers on board remained at sea overnight and made national news.  While the news originally reported that the vessel was likely snagged in lobster gear, we knew that was doubtful.  We know that large whales who get entangled in lobster gear rarely become anchored. Unfortunately, we have plenty…