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Mark Peter Simmonds receives OBE in Queen's Honours List 2013

It’s with great pleasure that we report that Mark Simmonds has been awarded the Order of British Empire (OBE) ‘for services to environmental science and marine mammal conservation’. Mark served as International Director of Science for WDC for some 17 years and all at WDC pass on their congratulations for this well deserved recognition. Not…

Teflon-coated whales and dolphins?

How whales and dolphins can hold their breaths for long periods of time – the sperm whale holds the record with 90 minutes – has long been a mystery to scientists but finally, the answer has been found … they’ve got teflon proteins in their blood! Ok, so not teflon per se, but these recent…

Interesting exchange in the NZ Parliament on the issue of Maui dolphins

You can read more about WDC’s work to help protect Maui and Hectors dolphins

The Illegal River Dolphin Hunt

WDC has part-funded the creation of an important documentary film about the illegal river dolphin hunt in the Amazon. The terrible truth behind the cruel and unsustainable boto slaughter is exposed in this documentary produced by the Omacha Foundation and part-funding by WDC:  “The Pulse of the River”. The film shows people in Colombia the real…

Dolphin deaths report released by South Australian Govt. Working Group

The Inter-Agency Marine Life Deaths Working Group has released its first report on the recent spate of dolphin and fish deaths in Gulf St. Vincent in South Australia (SA) and associated waters. Of the 34 dolphins found, six had been tested for morbillivirus by the time that the report was released, and the results were…

Are the Mediterranean common dolphins making a comeback?

Dolphins inhabiting the coastal waters of Greece are facing significant threats. Some populations must deal with increasing human encroachment, while others have disappeared altogether from portions of their former range.Once one of the most abundant cetacean species in the Mediterranean Sea, common dolphins, have declined throughout the region since the 1960s. In 2003 their Mediterranean…