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Education Programs in the Eastern Caribbean Making a Difference

I can recall many profound moments during my time with WDC, but by far some of the most impactful moments happen when you see children’s faces in awe after learning about whales.  In New England, I’ve presented conservation messages to thousands of students, and in the past few years we’ve been able to reach students…

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Southern Resident orcas need Snake River salmon

The recent comment period for dam operations in the Columbia Basin, the focus of our #MigrationNation campaign, has officially closed, and nearly 400,000 voices across the nation and the world spoke up to demand fair consideration of dam removal on the Lower Snake River.  The Columbia Basin was once the greatest salmon river in the…

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Visiting Iceland? How to ensure whales are saved and not served up

Tourism to Iceland is definitely booming!  A recent article in Al Jazeera which has been widely picked up by other media, both within and outside Iceland, boasts the headline: ‘tourism boosts Iceland’s whaling industry’. The article goes on to say that last year, Iceland welcomed a record 1.8 million visitors,  an increase of 40% on…

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Whales and History

The Azores are a renowned hot spot for encountering marine wildlife, including the majestic sperm whale. Holly from WDC’s travel partner Off the Map Travel recently visited the Azores to see first-hand how the islands have moved away from the dark days of whaling, to a brighter future embracing responsible whale watching. Sitting quietly in…

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On Holiday Kesslet?

After not seeing any dolphin activity around the Inverness/Chanonry Point area for quite a while, I was getting a bit down in the dumps but then a phone call from Barbara Cheney at the Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station at Cromarty cheered me up – she had been watching WDC Adopt a Dolphin Kesslet, her…

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As humpback numbers are on the rise around the world, one population still risks extinction

By Danika Warrens In the United States, the first 100 days of a newly elected president’s term are thought to represent the new administration’s ability to reach their proposed targets.  While largely symbolic rather than statutory, “the first 100 days” are closely watched by the media and their success measured by public approval ratings.  It is…