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How we’re protecting whales and dolphins across borders

It’s all very well individual nations putting their own conservation plans into action, but what about species, like whales, dolphins and porpoises, that don’t just stay in one country – how do we protect them? Last week I told you that I was at a meeting of the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (or…

How we’re tackling whaling in Norway

We’re helping to spearhead a campaign – supported by an international coalition of almost 40 conservation and animal welfare organisations – calling on airlines flying between Norway and Japan to pledge not to carry or promote whale meat. Appetite for whale meat is dwindling. Fewer people in whaling countries want to eat it and so…

humpback blows

Cutting it with citizen science – following a whale from the Caribbean to the Arctic via Scotland

Steve Truluck is a whale watching guide and skipper for Hebridean Whale Cruises, Gairloch, Scotland. He began his journey into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins as a volunteer for WDC Shorewatch, our citizen science programme in Scotland. He is a regular visitor to Norway and contributor to scientific research. In his guest blog…

There are 38 species of dolphins that live in the ocean.

Conservation in action – working on an international stage to protect whales and dolphins

Unlike us humans, whales, dolphins and porpoises don’t entertain the concept of borders. For them it’s not the artificial construct of imaginary barriers that prevents them from living their life as they please, for them it’s all just one big connected ocean (or river). For those species that migrate, whether it’s a journey from one…

Majestic fin whales

Hope springs eternal for an end to whaling in Iceland

As January morphs into February, my pleasure at the prospect of lengthening days and the return of spring is normally tempered by a dull gnawing in the pit of my stomach as this is also the time of year when Icelandic whalers confirm their intention to hunt whales in the coming season. This year, however,…

The pingers and the porpoise – preventing deaths in fishing nets in Cornwall

When a porpoise or dolphin swims into a fishing net, rope or line, they can quickly become entangled. Like us, they breathe air, and so a race-against-time begins. If they can’t surface quickly enough, they suffocate. Hundreds of thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die this way every year – it’s the single biggest threat…