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Flashback or Comeback?

Back in June I reported on the wonderful sighting by friends of WDC (the Ionian Dolphin Project) of a pod of 7 common dolphins in the waters off of Greece in the Mediterranean Sea. This was a truly remarkable and very exciting sighting as it is an area that has seen a drastic decline in…

Good Intentions and Bad Decisions – whale encounters in the news

For the past couple of weeks, my inbox has been inundated with links to videos of close encounters between people and whales in the wild with titles including “Divers nearly swallowed by whales”; “Whale knocks surfer unconscious”; “Humpback whales startle kayakers”; and “Dramatic rescue of endangered whale”. Touted as either heroes, or lucky survivors of…

Give Wendy's a Frosty Cold Shoulder

I like a good Wendy’s Frosty as much as anybody does, and I definitely like whale toys (whale anything, really) more than the average person, but the combination of Wendy’s and SeaWorld just isn’t something I can stomach. This month, Wendy’s has added SeaWorld toys to their kids’ meal. Normally I would be thrilled with…

When things go wrong

Journalist Hans Peter Roth shares a final blog reflecting upon his outreach in the Faroe Islands and the most recent grind. Sunday, 21st of July 2013 saw the first Faroese drive hunt of the year. 125 pilot whales were driven onto the beach of Víðvík and killed. This is the same beach where – in November 2010…

Plans for Welsh marine conservation zones scrapped

Mick Green, our WDC colleague based on the west coast of Wales, laments the failure of the Welsh Government to protect our marine wildlife: We’ve just learned that the Welsh government have reneged on their promise to designate a series of ‘Highly protected marine conservation zones’ around the Welsh Coast. While the proposed zones were…

Risso’s dolphins spotted off Bardsey Island in the UK

Imagine kayaking across a flat calm, almost mirror like ocean, on a balmy sunny day, only to have your path crossed by a small pod of Risso’s dolphins! Well, this is exactly what happened to Justine Curgenven as she paddled from Morfa Nefyn on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, to Bardsey Island. Not long…