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Man convicted for harassing dolphins

Man convicted for harassing dolphins

A man who was seen in his speedboat corralling a pod of feeding bottlenose dolphins off the North Yorkshire coast has been found guilty of causing disturbance. On 9 July 2021 Christopher Barker, 45, from Brompton-by-Sawdon, was seen to drive the high-powered boat numerous times around the pod close to the shore off Scarborough’s South…

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Humpback whale freed from rope entanglement by passing orcas

A strange incident involving a pod of orcas and an entangled humpback whale off the coast of western Australia has left experts scratching their heads. Observers from Whale Watch Western Australia captured drone footage of what appeared to be a number of orcas freeing a humpback whale from a discarded rope that had become wrapped…

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True identities of Weymouth’s ‘bonnie’ dolphins revealed

The origins of two bottlenose dolphins who have spent the last two summers feeding and playing around in Weymouth Bay, Dorset has finally been revealed. Hundreds of visitors have enjoyed the dolphin visitors from boat trips out of Weymouth Harbour, and had been named locally as ‘Harry and Wills’. However, following a chance posting of…

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New report on wildlife crime reveals worryingly low conviction rates

A new annual report on wildlife crime produced by the Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL) has highlighted the worrying levels of unwitnessed or unreported incidents, shockingly low conviction rates and continued exploitation of wildlife.  Just 10 people were convicted of wildlife crimes in England and Wales last year, excluding convictions for fisheries crimes. WDC contributed…

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How has the world changed for whale and dolphin protection?

A veteran conservationist looks back… I’m Dr Mike Bossley and I’ve been engaged in research, conservation and education for the past 50 years. I’ve worked with and for WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation for about 25 of those years, having headed-up Greenpeace Australia in the late 1970s and early 80s. Although technically semi-retired, here I…

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