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Gray’s Anatomy

Scientists in Mexico’s Scammon’s Lagoon have discovered possibly the first ever case of Siamese twin gray whales. Although known to occur in other species, notably fin, sei and minke whales, never before have conjoined twins been documented for gray whales. Apparently the calves were severely underdeveloped  – only approximately 7ft long as opposed to the…

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HotSpots – A Round up of UK Autumn 2013 Sightings

In the crisp, clean mornings of autumn the cold can catch you by surprise and so can whales and dolphins; they seem to turn up when you least expect it! Although most sightings are reported during the summer months, whales and dolphins can be seen around the UK all year, and during our recent autumn…

Skype presentation

Exploring the world of whales with children 5000 miles away

Mission accomplished…A few days ago we successfully gave our first whale and dolphin presentation to pupils living on another continent. We’ve been experimenting with Skype as a way of connecting with children across the world, many of whom live nowhere near the sea and might never be lucky enough to see a whales or dolphin…

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Japan to import whale meat to subsidise ‘scientific whaling’?

In what must be the most perverse of arguments, Japan claims it now needs to import whale meat in order to generate enough ‘profit’ to subsidise its so-called ‘scientific whaling‘. The Yomuiri Shimbun reports that a ‘Japanese firm that has played a central role in research whaling will soon launch full-scale whale meat imports after a…

Seasons Greetings

Hi Everyone, Where has the year gone?? It’s nearly Christmas already and Susan and I are heading away on holiday for the next wee while over to the west coast this weekend so I won’t get another chance to say… Very Best Wishes for the Festive Season, have fun – stay safe and if I…

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Chasing ‘Personhood’: Do Whales and Dolphins Qualify?

WDC recently participated in a conference held December 6th-8th at Yale University entitled “Personhood Beyond the Human.” The conference was organized with the intention of exploring and challenging the frameworks that guide our human categorization of non-human animal species and other non-human entities, such as human-manufactured intelligence (e.g., robots) or human-animal hybrids (i.e., chimeras). From an…