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Dolphin using a sponge as a tool

Did you know dolphins use tools? Meet the Shark Bay spongers …

Like humans, dolphins live in societies with unique cultures. Like us, they bond with others who share similar traditions and habits. In Shark Bay, Australia, bottlenose dolphin society is multicultural and awesome.  There are the beachers – dolphins who chase fish onto the seashore,  temporarily beaching themselves in the process, and the shellers who lift…

Shameful whale experiments in Norway – what we know and why they must stop

As football fans settle down to enjoy a beer, a barbeque and the opening games of the Euros, my thoughts are centred on a remote fjord off the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway. And whilst the fans want sunshine, I’m praying for bad weather. Why? Because Vestfjord in the Lofotens is the scene of animal testing…

One world ocean – why we need to think globally and act locally

On World Ocean(s) Day let’s remember that there is only one ocean on our world. All the water flows through one connected system and this was illustrated to me when I was on an expedition in Greenland. Oceanographers were finding chemical fallout from nuclear tests carried out in Russia in the early 1960s. It had…

Whale culture and conservation: to infinity and beyond …

In 1977, the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft launched, carrying with them the song of humpback whales and greetings in 55 human languages. Why was humpback whale song chosen to accompany this time capsule of life on Earth being projected to the outer reaches of our solar system and beyond? Perhaps because it is haunting,…

The young whale is attended by BDMLR medics and ZSL vets © Julia Cable/BDMLR

A sad end for the young Thames minke whale – what do we know?

It’s such a special and, for most of us, rare experience to see a whale and we consider ourselves very lucky when we do. So it is not surprising that hundreds of people flocked to see the young minke whale who was spotted in the Thames in London at the weekend. Such is the wonder…

Image by Cyan Planet

UPDATE – A (virtual) dolphin experience like no other

How is the Water is a Virtual Reality video game and the ultimate ocean experience. It tells the story of the ocean through the eyes of a dolphin, and is an adventure that will bring you face-to-face with its creatures and many wonders.   Since our announcement, the VR game has made significant progress and…