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Recreational boaters vs. whales

Take a look at the blog below, shared by our intern Zel, on her experiences out on the water.  She has witnessed a number of potential threats that our humpback whales face each day.  The best way to eliminate these threats? Spread the word! When I started my internship with WDC in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I…

Small fish in a BIG pond?!

So there is no going back now! I’ve just entered myself into the Banff Bay swim; a challenge against nature’s elements, swimming across the Bay that spans the mouth of the river Deveron, in the north east of Scotland. Starting at the lighthouse in Banff, I will be (hopefully) optimising the effects of any wind,…

Missing the Ocean through the Water

       Yesterday I was fortunate enough to join much of the rest of the WDC staff, as well as my fellow interns on a trip aboard the Easterly. Since the whales (except Nile) were not coming up where the whale watch boats were, we had to go to where the whales were to…

Judgment Day for Scientific Whaling

Guest blog by Mike Donoghue, former advisor to the New Zealand government.  Much is at stake in the International Court of Justice case between Australia and Japan on Japan’s ‘research whaling’ programme in the Antarctic – JARPA II – which for the past 25 years has been the only remaining large-scale whaling operation in the…

Harbour porpoises on the move, or just especially elusive?

The past few months have been significant for rare sightings of some species of whales and dolphins (north Pacific right whales off the west coast of the US, a grey whale in Namibia – the first ever sighting of the species in the southern hemisphere, and common dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea) – now however…

WDC welcomes Solinia – a new Peruvian NGO

WDC welcomes Solinia! A new, and much-needed conservation NGO based in Iquitos, the riverside capital city of the Peruvian Amazon.  Solinia’s founder and Director is Cedric Gilleman, ”I founded Solinia to focus on the protection of river dolphin species living in Peru and facing many threats; the name, Solinia is derived from the Latin names…