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The IWC Scientific Committee meeting: Science and politics

Tuesday saw the start of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) 2016 Scientific Committee meeting, hosted in Bled, Slovenia. WDC experts have been part of the meeting for more than 20 years and will present a number of papers as well as take part in the various workshops and sub committees. One of the most contentious…

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UK Orca Watch 2016

Last month WDC headed back up to the very north of Scotland to participate in the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness. The event, run in conjunction with the SeaWatch Foundation, is now in its 5th year and once again rewarded the hardy team of spotters on the ferry, cliffs and headlands with some incredible…

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WDC welcomes Blue Flag whale watching in Iceland

Following our event last Thursday at the Whales of Iceland exhibition in Reykjavik  during which speakers highlighted the importance of responsible whale watching and the creation of marine protected areas, it was a real pleasure to be invited to take a trip with two of the companies which received a prestigious Blue Flag award that…

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Celebrating 25 years of whale watching in Iceland!

Last night, WDC was delighted to host a packed event commemorating 25 years of whale watching in Iceland. The event was held at the Whales of Iceland exhibition in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour area, where, surrounded by lifesize models of the 23 species of whale and dolphin found in Iceland’s waters, guests from Iceland’s whale watching,…

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Welcome Back Rainbow and Moonlight

Although being very cold and grey up here in the Inner Moray Firth with a bitter northerly wind I have had a warm glow inside recently as two more of the WDC Adopt a Dolphin stars have returned to this area after the winter period. Rainbow and her young son Indigo plus Moonlight and her…

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The whale meat transit issue and the EU

This week the UK’s Times newspaper ran an article in which the proponents of a UK exit from the European Union (EU) argued that the UK would be better placed to prevent whale meat transits through UK ports outside of the EU. At the end of the day, whether the UK remains in the EU…