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US acts on whale meat sales but is Europe going to follow suit?

It seems that three years later, the two chefs and the owner of the Hump in Santa Monica have been charged with conspiracy to import and sell sei whale meat, a violation of theUnited States Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal grand jury has indicted the owners of the…

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An unusual start to the 2013 season

Usually when we get a call saying there’s a report of an animal in Plymouth Harbor, it’s not something that turns out to be unusual. From an ocean sunfish to a seal that is just resting on shore, we’ve gotten all sorts of reports. Most recently, on January 12th, we were told that a 12…

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Iceland 2013: Saga #2 – Grundarfjörður

My home from home for the next few weeks will be the small town of Grundarfjörður which lies on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland. The whole peninsula is often referred to as a miniature Iceland and it is a very popular tourist destination. The glacier-topped Snæfellsjökull volcano, standing…

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Iceland 2013: Saga #1 – The Land of Fire and Ice

It certainly is a cliché but Iceland really is the land of fire and ice. Iceland is one of the most remote countries in the Western world and sits on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The whole island is a hotspot for volcanic and geothermic activity and nowhere else on the planet are you able to witness…

Come on Dolphins – Stop Hiding !

Hi Everyone, The photo below was taken exactly one year ago today – it is of Kesslet and Charlie hunting for herring in the Kessock Channel in very silvery light. ©WDC/Charlie Phillips Unfortunately our dolphins seem to be far out to sea at the moment and not nearly as visible as they were at this…

Compassion verses violence

The issue of whaling and the killing of dolphins is a highly emotive one. It can stir passions in all of us, and I am still staggered at the brutality of some of the things people do to our cetacean cousins. However, it’s critical that we focus our passion to achieve the end goal of ending…