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The Life of Riley, A Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Shorewatch dog

It all started on the sofa. There we were, enjoying the sea view when suddenly there was an almighty splash out in the Firth. A whale then launched out of the water several times. My human, Steve, who is a WDC Shorewatcher, was beside himself. He grabbed his binoculars and witnessed a humpback whale   pirouetting…

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Dolphins at Last…

After a bit of a quiet spell in this area some dolphins are beginning to break the waters surface – even if its at a distance like this shot of Adopt A Dolphin Kesslet’s son Charlie doing a nice inverted breach near Rosemarkie Bay. I’ve been off on holidays for a while and it’s great…

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Dolphin drive hunts – hope or despair?

The terrible tally of dolphins killed or captured alive in this season’s drive hunts in Taiji, Japan is currently 402 slaughtered, 102 taken alive and 170 released, their fate unknown. Five different species have been captured or killed: bottlenose dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, short-finned pilot whales and striped dolphins. Many more are likely…

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A Leader Lost: What's Next for the Southern Resident orcas?

Granny was a living legend, famous at home and across the world; a matriarch and guiding light for critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.  Researchers knew Granny as J2, the leader of the Southern Resident orca community, but she has been missing for months and now, sadly, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) recently announced that…

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The lights are on but there is nobody at home

The culmination of many months of campaigning to stop British Airways supporting SeaWorld came down to this – me and my colleague, Julia Thoms, standing at the security gate on the perimeter fence of BA’s UK Headquarters near Heathrow on a dark, wet January afternoon. We know you feel as strongly as we do that…

Southwest Airline’s “Transfarency” ad, not so fare to dolphins

As part of Southwest Airlines “Transfarency” campaign, a recent advertisement highlights a number of tropical get away spots the airline flies to.  When a customer asks about potential travel destinations, Southwest responds with the Jax Jones song refrain of “yeah yeah yeah.”  Unfortunately, when the customer asks if he can “swim with dolphins” when traveling,…