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Really Wild Festival and Even Wilder Dolphins!

Now the season is officially underway, things are starting to get much busier here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.  On Bank Holiday Monday we held our annual Really Wild Festival, fortunately the weather was in our favour and it was sunny blue skies all round! There were lots of different activities going on throughout the…

No brainer in Faxafloi Bay – whale watching trumps whaling every time

I have pleasure in introducing a guest blog by Icelander Kris Hjalmarsson, who comments on the increasing conflict of interest between the whale watch community and the whalers. These industries are polar opposites yet each operates in Faxafloi Bay, outside Reykjavik, home to a species targeted by both factions: the minke whale. Below, Kris explains…

Is SeaWorld feeling the heat of Harry Potter

SeaWorld, besieged by public pressure at home and facing an increasingly difficult regulatory environment in the USA, may be looking to expand overseas to escape the restrictions it is facing as people become more concerned about its care for whales and dolphins and its own staff. The Orlando Sentinel reports that on Wednesday SeaWorld had…

SeaWorld where is the “Science”?

On SeaWorld’s own website they claim that their “… published studies on killer whales showcase SeaWorld’s larger commitment to animal welfare and conservation … (and) complement and strengthen research efforts in the field”. So a challenge was set and we wanted to find out the extent of this “larger commitment”. First stop was the SeaWorld…

How Time Flies – My First Month as a Field Research Intern

Venus Fung is a recent graduate of Boston University and she started her internship with us at the end of March.  We are actually a bit delayed in sharing her blog since there has been so much going on! The spring is a very busy time for us; we annually participate in a number of…

SeaWorld as a conservation donor?

The first SeaWorld park opened in 1964 but it was another 15 years before they introduced the concept of education, when they were legally mandated to do so – the park’s founder even admits that the park was created “strictly as entertainment”. A further 15 years passed before SeaWorld made the decision to put something…