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RIP: The tragic loss of a newborn endangered North Atlantic right whale

On May 5, 2016 hundreds of researchers, managers, conservationists, and educators mourned the loss of a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale as word spread that Punctuation’s newborn, less than six months old, was found dead off a Cape Cod beach.  The 9th child of an adult female named Punctuation had already been somewhat of…

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A really wild day out!

The May Bank Holiday Monday started off very windy and wet but as the 10.30am opening drew closer the weather gods smiled on the annual WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre‘s “Really Wild Festival” at Spey Bay on the lovely Moray Firth coastline. Although it stayed breezy for the day we had thousands of visitors over the…

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European fishing continues to threaten dolphins and porpoises

Fishing activities involving pelagic trawling and static net fisheries may be incidentally killing more common dolphins than their populations can sustain in European waters. Despite being shocking, this is not new news. From data collected in 2014, ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) reports that bycatch of cetaceans has been observed in…

Japan finally accepts ICJ ruling applies to all scientific whaling

Has Japan finally accepted that the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2014 ruling applies to all its scientific whaling and not just the slaughter of whales in the Antarctic? The Japan Times is reporting that the Fisheries Agency will “carry out a comprehensive review of its research whaling in the northwestern Pacific Ocean from fiscal…

How cute is this baby dolphin?

ID#866 “Zephyr” and her eight month old baby were at a very cold and rough Chanonry Point this morning and even in the hail and sleet – this little bundle of joy just looked gorgeous… I also had Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet and her son Charlie at Chanonry but it was a very brief…

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Ask an Expert – Dr. Giles, part 2

Part 2 of our Q&A with Dr. Giles, research director of the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, Washington, focuses on the research conducted by the CWR and what they’ve seen in 40 years of studying the Southern Residents. WDC: The Center for Whale Research is located in Washington State and is a…