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The times they are a-changing

I’ve had that tune in my head a lot these last few days, what with the great Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and TripAdvisor announcing that it will no longer allow users to book activities that involve contact with endangered species or captive wild animals.  I started working at WDC in…

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When health advice should trump culture

In the UK slow but steady progress on advice to smokers has led to one of the greatest reductions in smoking of any industrialised nation. According to the Guardian newspaper, Just 16.9% of adults in England now smoke, according to the latest data from Public Health England. This battle between what some people would regard as a…

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So what are we doing at the IWC?

One of the toughest gigs in a whale conservationist’s calendar is attending the meetings of the International Whaling Commission. The International Whaling Commission, or IWC, is the body that makes decisions about whale hunting and whale conservation. Its membership is made up of both pro- and anti-whaling nations, as well as countries who have no…

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When is a whaling ban not a whaling ban?

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) biennial meeting is never a simple place to negotiate your way through. I had the privilege of attending several meetings during my WDC career, and the team we are sending this year will be some of our best brains.  And this year we need the team to be on top…

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Kesslet's Baby Update

I unexpectedly encountered WDC Adopt a Dolphin star “Kesslet” and her little baby earlier this afternoon in the Cromarty Firth, many kilometres from where I last spotted them a few days ago near the Kessock Bridge, Inverness. Kesslet’s baby, just over a month old is looking great, and seems to have picked up some linear…

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Climate change, whales and t-shirts

WDC have teamed up with fashion partner, Lazy Oaf for the release of their Dolphin Heart T-shirt, 10% of all sales of this design both online and in store being donated to WDC to help our work around the globe.  To celebrate this second collaboration between us and Lazy Oaf (who we love), we have…