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LEGO responds to WDC concerns with a first step

When we became aware of a new toy (Dolphin Cruiser) being marketed by LEGO which involves play dolphins, boats, and fish (labeled as dolphin food), along with an online animated game that allows you to “build your own water scooter and go waterskiing with dolphins,” our concerns were immediately raised and detailed in a letter…

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North Pacific home to five distinct humpback whale populations

Earlier this year, the Hawai’i Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, Inc. submitted a petition to the federal government seeking to identify the North Pacific population of humpback whales as one distinct population segment (DPS) and then have this DPS removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). WDC North America subsequently submitted comments (attached as…

Snow White Whales

Moby Dick may be the most famous white whale, but belugas are the true snowy natives of the sea.  They don’t always have their strikingly bright skin shade, however.  Belugas are born dark blueish or brownish gray, and gradually lighten as they age, until they are the solid white that they’re famous for.  Even then,…

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A Major Win for Right Whales

In the North American office of WDC, we have spent the last year focused on The Act Right Now campaign, the goal of which was to ensure federal protections for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.  Specifically, the Federal Ship Strike Rule (which was established in 2008 and requires large ships to slow down…

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An Olympic tragedy

Oh Russia. Why? As media attention turns once again towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, the spotlight falls on the host city – the resort of Sochi on the Black Sea.  In a series of spectacularly ill-advised public relations stunts, the Russian organising committee has shown it is not only out of touch with the rest…

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Are Japanese whalers hunting whales from Australia?

Andrew Darby, author and friend of the whales, reports that ‘Australian scientists have tracked a minke whale from the Great Barrier Reef deep into the subantarctic for the first time’. There has been concern for some time that Japan has been hunting endangered minke whales in the North Pacific, but now it appears that minke…