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Want to name an Australian baby dolphin?

I have been studying a community of some 50 resident dolphins living in the Port River estuary (Adelaide, Australia) for the past 25 years. These dolphins are perhaps the most urbanised in the whole world, living as they do almost in the heart of a city of a million people. About twenty years ago I observed…

Close Encounters…

Hi Everyone, I was lucky enough to see and photograph some of our resident dolphins while out doing fieldwork yesterday. The weather had improved a great deal and there was hardly a ripple on the water. In the photo below you can see my namesake “Charlie” ID#1025 going over to check out a local family…

Sea World accused of using drugs to control ’its’ whales

Reports have emerged that in a onging court battle documents have surfaced that reveal that SeaWorld has used drugs on several killer whales with benzodiazepines — a class of drug that includes Valium and Xanax. The documents were filed as a sworn affidavit (available on the Buzzfeed website) in a 2011 legal wrangle between SeaWorld and Marineland of…

Going Wild At The Scottish Dolphin Centre

Since introducing myself in an earlier post just over a week ago I’ve been busy working with Lorna, the Education Officer to spread the word about whales and dolphins to Primary school pupils in the Caithness area of north Scotland. I really enjoyed being able to talk to the pupils about all the cool cetaceans…

I’ll tell you whale i’ve been … Part 1!

Following on from the exciting discovery made by IWDG and others of a travelling humpback whale in the north east Atlantic, thanks to photo-id (where individual whales can be recognised over time due to distinctive and unique markings on the underside of their flukes) researchers are slowly pulling together the different pieces of the jigsaw…

Help us support an end to orca captivity in the State of California!

A progressive and bold new bill recently introduced into the California Legislature by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) may be the beginning of the end to orca captivity in the state forever. The proposed bill, entitled the California Captive Orca Welfare and Trainer Safety Act (AB 2140), does a number of things that will…