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A whale named Pico

North Atlantic right whales were once truly North Atlantic with a historic range covering the waters from Florida and West Africa in the south, to the Labrador Sea and across to Norway in the north. Once upon a time, these whales were once common in coastal waters on both sides of “the pond”.   Heavy…

See you in court. WDC takes legal action against US government

WDC and its conservation partners filed a suit in US federal court today challenging the US government’s five year delay in designating additional Critical Habitat for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.  Fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remain and their survival is threatened by vessel strikes, entanglements in fishing gear, and habitat degradation. …

What do whales, dolphins and porpoises have in common with badgers?

For those of you not familiar with the humble badger – do you remember the Harry Potter books and the school house of Hufflepuff? Well … the badger is the emblem of the Hufflepuff house in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are eight different species of badger found in a variety of places…

A personal reflection on time with orcas

As the Icelandic orca watching winter season comes to a close for another year, our guest blogger and WDC friend, Sam Lipman, reflects on her time with this population and others she has been fortunate to encounter around the world. I have spent time with just three of the 40+ known populations of orca that…

Aberdeen goes wild for dolphins

This June will see the public launch of one of WDC’s biggest ever events, Wild Dolphins – a collaboration between ourselves, children’s hospital charity the ARCHIE Foundation and events company Wild in Art. You may well have seen similar Wild in Art events in a city near you: Rhinos in Southampton, Gromits in Bristol, elephants…

California State Assembly seeks more time to review Orca Welfare and Safety Act

For those of us watching the live feed of the California legislative hearing on Assembly member Bloom’s orca bill (AB 2140) at the State Capitol in Sacramento, it was clear that an overwhelming number of Californians support passage of the bill. Mothers, teachers, business owners, labor interests, organizational representatives, and unaffiliated individuals of the public filed…