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HotSpots – A Round up of UK Summer Sightings

After a long cold winter and a record-breaking cold spring, the UK basked in sunshine and enjoyed one of the warmest summers on record; in fact it was the ninth warmest since records began in 1910. Many more people were out enjoying the sunshine all around the UK, so there were many more eyes on…

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Third trip lucky on the Isle of Lewis!

We were feeling a little nervous as we made the decision to chance the weather and set out this morning. We had been out only twice in the couple of weeks since we arrived on the Isle of Lewis in Northwest Scotland to conduct our annual boat surveys (this is our 4th year). The weather,…

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Stranded pilot whales 'put out of their misery' or killed for their meat by locals in Iceland?

Marine biologist, Megan Whittaker, who lives and works in Iceland, sent us the following guest blog based upon her personal thoughts and observations at the scene of the recent pilot whale stranding off Iceland.  Readers should be warned of distressing content and graphic images. Here is Megan’s blog. On the evening of Saturday, 7th September 2013,…

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WDC finds a stranded rare pygmy sperm whale in Scotland

Last Friday I was called to attend a reported live dolphin stranding in Banff, on the North East coast of Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre are trained as Marine Mammal Medics by the BDMLR so we can help with any whale and dolphin strandings reported in our area of the…

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Humpback whale deaths in Ghana

The recent humpback whale strandings on Ghanaian beaches has led a local environmental group to blame the oil industry, claiming that the whales only started turning up after oil production began in 2009. Friends of the Nation agree that whale deaths are not uncommon in Ghana but they are concerned about the frequency of these…

WDC launches a new ID guide to the Whales and Dolphins of Iceland

WDC was back in Reykjavik this week to launch the latest in our popular series of international field ID guides – the Whales and Dolphins of Iceland.  Thanks to our sponsors, Icelandic whale watch operators Elding and Laki Tours, 10,000 bilingual copies will now be distributed throughout Iceland’s booming tourist sector encouraging visitors to see…