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Iceland 2013: Saga #8 – a personal perspective

We are often asked by people how we got to work in cetacean conservation and what advice we could offer to anyone starting out in the field today. For this blog, I have asked two researchers, Julie Bessau from France and Sara Tavares from Portugal, how they first became involved with cetaceans and how they…

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Iceland 2013: Saga #7 – Orca research

Dr Filipa Sammara from the Marine Research Institute in Reykjavik and her team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland are currently in Grundarfjordur studying the orcas that spend the winter hunting for herring in the local fjords. Dr Filipa Sammara Here, Filipa explains the research goals. The aim of the project is to…

Will decisions taken at an International level support conservation efforts for elephants, manatees and polar bears?

Despite several international conventions (or agreements) in place to conserve the world’s wildlife (whether it’s to control trade in their parts or to protect their migratory pathways) there has been a decline in wildlife populations of almost a third over the past 40 years. Instead of working together and in harmony, it appears that these…

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WDC Supports Tokyo Olympiad Target

Never underestimate the efforts of a single individual, or a small group of committed individuals, especially in this day and age of electronic media. Shona Lewendon’s recent efforts to mobilize the international community to press the issue of the dolphin slaughters in Japan as Tokyo seeks a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics have been…

Iceland 2013: Saga #7 – Orca Research

Dr Filipa Sammara from the Marine Research Institute in Reykjavik and her team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland are currently in Grundarfjordur studying the orcas that spend the winter hunting for herring in the local fjords. Dr Filipa Sammara Here, Filipa explains the research goals. The aim of the project is to…

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Iceland 2013: Saga #6 – Húsavík

This update is written by Dr. Mike Tetley, who works with WDC as a consultant on Marine Protected Areas. Skjálfandi Bay It is with great pleasure and wonder when I think back on the times I was able to visit Northern Iceland, specifically when working at the Húsavík Whale Museum as part of my Ph.D.…