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Whitefish – The cruelty behind Russian beluga whale trade

Born to Be Free, an impressive documentary exposing the devastating cruelty behind captive shows and the Russian trade in wild beluga whales, will air tonight on national TV in the UK and is well worth searching out if you live elsewhere. Not to be confused with the film classic Born Free from the 1960s, this…

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From Cape Cod to Capitol Hill

To be fair, though, I’m not technically a marine biologist.  Marine biology is a huge field and includes people working on all kinds of critters in the marine environment – from tiny zooplankton to the big whales.  I’m a “marine mammal conservation biologist” – not quite as catchy, but a lot more specific.  I work…

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Bycatch responsible for two more species being placed on the Endangered List!

Unfortunately, 2017 is not turning out to be a great year for whales, dolphins and porpoises with the numbers of some species dropping to worrying levels. Added to the list of “endangered” species by the IUCN are the Irrawaddy dolphin and the finless porpoise both having had their numbers more than halved over the last…

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Canada needs help to End Captivity

Coming in the wake of recent efforts to end the cruel practice of captivity for whales, dolphins, and porpoises in North America, a bill currently in Canada’s Senate, S-203 (the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act), would phase out captivity of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the entire country, with the exception of…

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How can a t-shirt help WDC tackle ocean plastic pollution?

WDC strongly believe that single use plastic is an issue that all businesses, consumers and organisations across society must work together to solve. The creators of our exclusive #NotWhaleFood t-shirts, Rapanui Clothing, explain how they are helping – one t-shirt at a time. Make a pledge to reduce your own plastic use and you could…

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Death of a species

The discovery of yet another dead endangered North Atlantic right whale off Virginia brings the loss to a total of 18 dead since April, a devastating blow to the species during a year when only five calves were born.   While 12 of the deaths occurred in Canadian waters between June and September, this latest mortality…