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The return of Iceberg, the all-white killer whale

Last week, I reported that after five years, Iceberg, the big all white male killer whale has been resighted by WDC’s Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) team.  Iceberg is still travelling with his family of fish-eating orcas – 12 or 13 orcas in his pod, all except him normal looking. He’s now at least…

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Are North Atlantic right whales headed towards extinction?

Enter your email address: Powered by Feedio A recently released article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science ‘casts doubt’ on the future existence of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, a species of which fewer than 500 individuals remain. According to right whale researchers, the calving rate for this beleaguered species has declined by 40% since 2010.  Why are fewer calves being born?  It appears to…

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Superpod Recap: Orcas in the Northwest

I recently returned from beautiful San Juan Island in Washington State, attending the 5th Superpod orca symposium – my third time attending and presenting on WDC’s work to protect orcas around the world.  Superpod continues to grow every year, with more speakers from diverse fields and an increasing audience of “orca-holics” from all over the world. …

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A Holistic Approach to Conservation and Protection

It was with huge pleasure that I was able to take up the invitation of ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) to deliver the Keynote Speech to the 2016 Meeting of the Parties in Helsinki, Finland (29th August – 1st September). The following…

Another season of dolphin suffering in Taiji

In a few days, another bloody season of the infamous dolphin drive hunts will start in Taiji, Japan. Last week, the Japanese Fisheries Union released the quota for 2016/2017, shared via IKAN – the  “Iruka & Kujira Action Network” and Cetabase. A total of 1,820 from seven dolphin species, amongst them bottlenose, Risso´s and striped…

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Seeking better protection for whales and dolphins around Norway

I am delighted to introduce biologist and founder of Ocean Sounds, Heike Vester.  Ocean Sounds is a voluntary organisation working to protect whales and dolphins via acoustic research, education and art projects. Below, Heike presents her experiences studying whales in Norwegian waters, and outlines some of the challenges both she and the whales currently face.…