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Tahlequah the orca is pregnant and I’m holding my breath

I felt such conflicting emotions when I heard the news that Tahlequah is expecting a new calf. You may remember Tahlequah as the orca who carried her dead baby for 17 days, setting social media alight and breaking hearts all over the world back in the summer of 2018. That summer was perhaps one of…

EU gets tough on dolphin deaths – how did we get them to take action?

The biggest killer of dolphins and porpoises in the seas of Europe is accidental entanglement in fishing nets. Known as ‘bycatch’, many thousands meet this unnecessary and frankly horrific death every year. So I was delighted when the European Commission announced action to prevent dolphin and porpoise bycatch earlier this month, following many years of…

Time and tide – orca seasons around the British Isles

The world feels very strange for most of us as we adjust to a new normal with altered routines and a different way of living.  So it’s reassuring to hear reports that some traditions continue to the beat of more ancient, natural rhythms. Let’s explore the seasonal patterns of the little known orca groups of…

two hectors jump

We’ve won protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins, but is it enough?

After decades of our campaigning, the New Zealand government has finally released the Threat Management Plan (TMP) for the Māui and Hector’s dolphins who live only around this country’s shores. It’s more protection than these dolphins have ever had before and we are grateful to the New Zealand government for pushing hard for these changes,…

On a dolphin survey with Misty

How has the world changed for whale and dolphin protection?

A veteran conservationist looks back… I’m Dr Mike Bossley and I’ve been engaged in research, conservation and education for the past 50 years. I’ve worked with and for WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation for about 25 of those years, having headed-up Greenpeace Australia in the late 1970s and early 80s. Although technically semi-retired, here I…

captive dolphin

Why are there no captive whales or dolphins in the UK?

It’s a source of enormous pride to me that the UK hasn’t had a facility holding captive whales or dolphins for over 25 years. I know I don’t move in all social circles but I never hear anyone lamenting the fact that they can’t just jump in the car and go see a dolphin show…