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A Quick Splash And Away…

Hi Everyone, I don’t have much in the way of sightings to report at the moment. My pal Alan and I were watching for dolphins recently from the warmth of my car parked at the Rosemarkie Caravan Site. Looking out to sea for a while brought nothing but ducks and gulls but suddenly a huge…

Inuit

Chapter 82: The Honor and Glory of Whaling

“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. “ – Genesis 1:21 Whales have been entwined with human religion, myth and legend for millennia, inspiring biblical passages and epic…

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The Mixed Messages of Captivity

On November 21st , an unsuspecting 8-year old girl, Jillian Thomas, was bitten by a dolphin at the petting and feeding pool at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. This comes as no surprise to WDC who published a report on the injuries and other risks to both humans and dolphins that occur at dolphin petting pools that primarily…

WDC Boycotts Federally Mandated Harbor Porpoise Meeting

WDC was among the “no-shows” at last week’s Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Team meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Some conservationists as well as the entire delegation of experts from the science and academic community chose to “boycott” this meeting.  The issue? A decision made by John Bullard, the Northeast Regional Administrator of the National Marine…

Navy dolphins and SeaWorld

I see a parent has quite rightly complained about their daughter being bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld in their petting pools. WDC reported this risk and incidents of previous bites some years ago, but SeaWorld were allowed to continue this circus trick. You can see our full report here Biting the Hand One thing…

Moby Dick Chapter 75: The Right Whale’s Head

Especially in the face of our struggle to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, it is poignant to read/listen to Melville’s matter of fact descriptions of harvesting these animals for oil and bone all the while taking the opportunity to keenly observe the carcass. After returning intern, Emily Moss, listened to today’s Chapter…