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Making Faces for Food

“If you keep making that face it’ll freeze that way!” Do you think beluga moms use that line on their kids? Probably not, because the moms are making faces, too!  Belugas have very malleable mouths with a cleft upper lip.  These traits are unusual among whales and dolphins, but give belugas their uniquely wide range…

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SeaWorld Tries Again: DC Court of Appeals Hears Case

SeaWorld’s marathon battle to dismantle the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) original citation against its orca performances and practices continued on Tuesday, November 12th, as it presented its case in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. Technically, SeaWorld, with the help of a very high profile lawyer Eugene Scalia,…

Bonnie Baby…

Hi Everyone, I had a bit of luck round at Chanonry Point recently – out in the distance were about fifteen dolphins including a few small calves. Most of the dolphins stayed away over towards Eathie but some of the adults with the very young calves headed over to where I was standing with the…

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Russian Orca Captures: The Inside Story

Eight killer whales have been taken from the wild in the Russian Far East in the last year, seven of them since August. They are being held in small pools near Vladivostok and are awaiting their fate. The news, as revealed on the russianorca facebook page run by a group of Russian killer whale researchers, has prompted…

A Family Heritage

Belugas, particularly females, have high site fidelity – meaning they return to the same areas year after year.  This is common in many whale species; the young learn from their mothers the good hunting grounds and safe wintering areas and continue the “family tradition” of visiting the same places.  Belugas will return each year to…

There Are Dolphins Out There….

Hi Everyone,That’s me back after a very wet and windy break over on the West coast – the weather is certainly wintry now with fresh snow on the hills and it’s still very blowy – not ideal watching or photography conditions. My pal Alan has spotted some dolphins (about six, maybe seven) recently ambling past…