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The long term effects of whaling still devastating whale populations

Andrew Darby reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald that the impacts of whaling from some 30 years ago are still be seen in some populations of whales. Andrew reports that ‘Sperm whales are failing to recover from whaling in Australia, 30 years after the great predators were last harpooned. In the first count since the…

Did Iggy Pop sell out the whales?

Well, one of my childhood heroes has apparently sold out the whales according to the Norwegian whaling industry. According to fiskeribladetfiskaren, in 2007, Iggy Pop fell for the propoganda of the Norwegian whaling industry and, whilst attending a pop festival (Bay Festival) in Tromsø, in northern Norway, .. was happy to accept that whale meat was freely…

Little Whales in a Big Ocean

The beginning of the field season is always really exciting, as we see which whales are first to return, which mothers have calves this year, and hope that none of our beloved whales go missing!  We’ve already seen incredible feeding displays and have a growing list of mothers that are returning with their calves to…

Iceland's Tourism Ministry speaks out for whales

After the recent election there it would seem that the battle lines for Iceland’s soul and future are being drawn. Iceland Review reports that further to the online campaign site Avvaz acting to try to ban the transfer of Icelandic fin whale meat through Dutch ports, the ‘Chairman of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, Árni Gunnarsson,…

Japan's North Pacific whaling takes lowest catch for years

The Agence France-Presse reports that ‘Japanese whalers … in the northwestern Pacific caught a record-low 34 minke whales this Spring, the fisheries agency said Thursday, blaming bad weather. The whaling, conducted in the name of “scientific research”, took place from April 18 to June 3 and netted 17 male and 17 female minke. The catch is the…

Another dolphin facility proposed for the Bahamas

WDC has joined local and international NGOs in condemning the proposal for a new captive dolphin facility in the Bahamas, calling on the government to end trade in live dolphins and prohibit the development of any new dolphin facilities in the country. There are already three such facilities in the Bahamas, a signatory country to…