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Ship Strike Rule Extension under White House Review!

On October 23rd, the proposed extension for the Rule to Implement Speed Restrictions to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North Atlantic right whales was submitted to the Administration’s Office of Management and Budget for review.  Making sure this rule was renewed has been a major focus of WDC’s Act Right Now campaign and thanks to…

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Project BLUEprint workshop is a whale of a success in Sri Lanka!

I have just returned from an 8-day trip to Sri Lanka where our small WDC team assisted marine biologist, Anouk Ilangakoon, in running a 2-day training workshop for whale watch operators in Mirissa on the south coast. This small village, with its palm-fringed coastline and harbour filled with a jumble of brightly-coloured fishing boats, has…

White Whales Soar through Open Waters

Though belugas are known as the true “white whales,” they are not completely white – the edges of their flippers and tail flukes are actually dark.  As they age, their flukes grow more ornate and curved, and in mature males their pectoral fins may curl up at the tips.  These fins are broad, short, and…

Dolphins Ahoy !

Hi Everyone, I had a bit of a rough and grey trip out with Ecoventures at Cromarty yesterday but it was well worth it as we came across 15+ dolphins surfing through the swell including big Sundance who is sporting some big new scratches on his dorsal fin and close by him was another female dolphin…

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Whales and the City

Humpback whale sightings increasingly common in waters off New York, and throughout the mid-Atlantic. During the spring, summer and fall, North Atlantic humpback whales are commonly found off the coast of New England feeding in the Gulf of Maine (GoM). In the past few years though, evidence for the regular seasonal occurrence of humpbacks off…

Call on Antigua and Barbuda to ban dolphin captivity!

Unlike many other countries in the Caribbean, the dual-island nation Antigua and Barbuda has no captive dolphins. This was not the case several years ago, when a captive dolphin facility operated at Marina Bay in Antigua. It opened in 2001, run by Dolphin Fantaseas, displaying three bottlenose dolphins that had been captured in Cuban waters.…