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Putting whale and dolphin welfare on the agenda

Every whale and dolphin is important. You know that, but in the past, conservationists have considered what impact threats and human activities are having on groups (whether that’s populations or species) rather than on individuals. At Whale and Dolphin Conservation we are pioneering a new way of looking at conservation which values the importance of…

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Christmas…how to get it wrapped without plastic

It’s that time of year again when there’s only one thing on most people’s minds – and in the shops, on the radio, everywhere you turn. Yes, we mean Christmas. And with Christmas comes presents, and presents means wrapping. Lots of wrapping… However, much of the wrapping paper and tape available on the high street…

A snorkelling tour boat approaches an orca. © Steve Truluck.

Frozen waste – missed opportunity to address deep concerns over Norway’s ‘snorkel-with-orcas’ tours

Beats me why anyone would want to snorkel in the deep, dark ice-cold waters off Northern Norway at this time of year. Even the prospect of encountering orcas – my all-time favourite whale or dolphin species – would not be enough to tempt me, even in a dry suit!  At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we…

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Buying fish – can you ever be sure that dolphins haven’t suffered?

We tend to trust the term ‘sustainable fisheries’. It implies that the fish population being targeted is not threatened. But what does it tell us about whale or dolphin deaths? Today, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear each year. This is unacceptable. Fishing should be…

Bringing home the misery of orca captivity

Emma Stallworthy and Caroline Willis spent much of 2019 as residential volunteers at our Scottish Dolphin Centre. Part of their role was to run the centre’s events programme and in this guest blog, they explain how they came up with an event to help visitors understand the cruel confinement of captivity. Volunteering at Whale and…

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Europe’s first whale disentanglement training course for fishers takes place in Scotland

More whales and dolphins, as well as basking sharks and other marine animals, are getting entangled in fishing gear than ever before.  It’s a massive problem and the single biggest threat to whales, dolphins and porpoises. Many types of fishing nets and gear can pose a danger – even the ropes used to set and…