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Selling snake oil is a tradition

When Marie Curie was being feited for her two nobel prizes, there were plenty of charlatans who were ready to leap upon her work to sell the latest ‘snake oil’ curative. The number of medicines that suddenly appeared in the early 1900s based on radium and other similar products was both amazing and scary. What…

Boundary changes: too little to save whale watching in Faxafloi Bay?

  In what may be regarded as only a minor victory for the whales and for the local whale watching industry, Iceland’s Ministry of Industry and Innovation has slightly extended the no-whaling zone in Faxafloi Bay. Here, just outside the capital Reyjavik, minke whales are targeted by whale watch boats and whalers alike. On May…

Nice piece by National Geographic on why the Georgia Aquarium import is a bad idea

Kenneth Brower writes an interesting piece on the Georgia Aqaurium’s attempt to import wild caught beluga, reversing 20 years of an defacto moratorium on imports of wild-caught marine mammals into the USA. Brower notes “If the agency  [NMFS] is to issue a permit for the 18 belugas, it will have to depend on similar assertions…

Why protecting bird species means better protection for dolphins

WDC does not often make comments on bird protection, though a lot of our collegaues and volunteers also care pastionately about our feathered friends. But in the UK we have just signed on to a letter with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and various other groups, to the Guardian newspaper. The…

An impassioned call for better nature protection

The Welsh nature observer and television presenter Iolo Tudur Williams is best known for his BBC and S4C nature shows in the UK. But its seems that he is also a great public speaker and passionate about the world around us. I wanted to share with you this video that a colleague Mick Green forwarded to…

Blackfish Movie Information

Three deaths, two decades, one whale. What have we learned? In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking documentaries in a generation, Blackfish turns the spotlight on humankind’s selfish desire to confine large, intelligent marine mammals in a captive situation for our viewing pleasure.  Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s important film could have so easily been labelled ‘just…