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ICJ results on whaling court case to be released on 31st March 2014

You can follow the results live in the Storyfy module below, or live here When Australia took Japan to Court for it’s abuses of Article VIII whaling (so called ‘scientific whaling’) few of us could have imagined the debate that would ensue at the ICJ. What provided to be a highly enlightening debate revolved around…

Ship of shame!

I’ve spent the past week, along with a few other die-hards, poring over marine traffic websites looking for the Alma. Last Friday, 21st March, I reported that she left  Hafnafjordur harbour, south of Reykjavik,  laden with 2,000 tonnes of frozen fin whale meat.  As soon as she was about 100 nautical miles south of Iceland,…

Russian Navy reported to have seized Ukranian dolphins for military

WDC is monitoring with concern reports that Russian armed forces have taken control of Ukrainian military bases holding dolphins. WDC has documented the use of dolphins in military programmes and investigated the export of military dolphins from the Black Sea previously. This is not a new phenomenon in the area. A military dolphinarium was established…

And the award for deep-diving champion goes to?

Not the sperm whale as some might have thought, but in fact the lesser known Cuvier’s beaked whale!!  Researchers from Cascadia Research Collective recorded an individual Cuvier’s beaked whale diving to a depth of almost 3km and staying there for 137 minutes, beating the former record holder – the southern elephant seal – by some…

What has been spotted around the Scottish Dolphin Centre?

So far, our last sighting of our lovely record breaking bottlenose dolphins here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre was on March 15th and quite a few of us here are getting itchy feet anticipating their return. The weather has finally given us a few nice days allowing the team to do lots of Shorewatches (10 minute…

Hello Down There !

Hi Everyone, I was along at our Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay recently for the press launch of the amazing new “Dry Dive” exhibition in the Ice House next to the Centre itself. The Ice House is the funny looking “three humped” building on the grassy mound in the aerial picture below – taken…