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We won for whales at the International Whaling Commission

We did it! We kept the whaling ban in place. Our team has just returned from the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whaling). We went with very clear goals. Now, after a week of heated discussions, it’s time to take stock and look at what we´ve achieved –…

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Looking out for dolphins and porpoises in Wales

Have you ever fancied yourself as a dolphin researcher? If you think you’ve got what it takes, you could join us on the remote Welsh island of Bardsey (Ynys Enlli) next year. I have just returned from Bardsey Island with my colleague Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio. We spent the last two weeks of August looking out for…

Whales and whalers – how and why WDC is fighting to keep the whaling ban

Today, representatives of the world’s governments are gathered in Florianopolis, Brazil to discuss whales, whalers and whaling. This important ten-day summit of the International Whaling Commission, (IWC, the body that regulates whaling) happens every two years. WDC is at the meeting to provide expert advice to governments and to fight on the side of the…

How long do bottlenose dolphins survive in captivity?

We were happy to host Zoology student, Grace Long for a two week placement at our UK headquarters, in March. Grace is a student at the University of Exeter and she’s keen to get into whale and dolphin research and conservation. She joined our End Captivity team during her time with us and took on…

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Why are beaked whales stranding on Irish and Scottish coasts – again?

UPDATE on 7/9/2018: Since early August, a minimum of 38 Cuvier’s beaked whales have stranded, dead, on the coasts of west Scotland. At least 19 have stranded on the Irish coastline. We are very pleased that the UK and Irish governments have agreed to conduct an investigation. A further 3 Cuvier’s beaked whales and 9 nothern…

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From whales and dolphins to otters and ospreys

Jack Farge is a residential volunteer at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay on Scotland’s north east coast. In this blog, Jack talks about the amazing wildlife walks that he has been leading, and why you really should come and visit if you have the chance. WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay is…