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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified


Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs), from northern Mexico to the southern tip of Chile. IMMAs are essentially portions of ocean important to marine mammal species that have the potential to be set aside for conservation management. The addition of the latest 36…

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25th November 2022


Las Vegas dolphin facility to close


Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close. The facility is part of The Mirage complex and has been open for more than three decades but, following the property’s sale to Hard Rock International, the decision has been made to permanently close the garden and habitat. Whilst it…

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24th November 2022


What have dead whales ever done for us?


When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for many species, but fewer whales means fewer carcasses and that’s bad news. It may seem strange to talk about the benefit of dead whales, but even in death whales are a vital part of healthy ecosystems, and not just marine…

Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

22nd November 2022


WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award


The success of WDC’s Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen Science category for the prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards. Shorewatch narrowly missed out on the first prize and the awards ceremony, which is now in its 11th year, and is backed by RSPB and co-sponsor NatureScot. WDC’s Shorewatch citizen science programme, monitors at…

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21st November 2022


Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction


Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports there. Ironically, whilst delegates from around the world at COP27 discuss ways to tackle climate change, tail meat from one of our biggest ocean allies in the fight against climate breakdown (whales) is fetching 500,000 yen (about $3,600) per kilo…

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17th November 2022


We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them


Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso’s dolphins by sending us their photographs.  Risso’s dolphins are an amazing yet relatively little-known species. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time studying them off the west coast of Scotland over the last 13 years and I’ve come to recognise individuals and have enjoyed observing…

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15th November 2022


Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet


We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are our allies in fighting the climate and biodiversity crises. We also know that a lot of amazing people are doing incredible work to gather the evidence we need to convince climate policymakers of this. But research into the climate role…

8th November 2022


Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins


Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that the body of a teenager was found surrounded by a pod of dolphins. Rescue services launched a search for the missing 15-year-old girl who is thought to have slipped off the rocks and been swept away by strong currents. Her body…

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2nd November 2022


Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice


The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling and whale conservation. Our team was at this year’s convention to speak up for the whales. Well, that was an eventful experience. The conference of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whale hunts) in Slovenia at the…

1st November 2022


Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected


Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whale hunting) took place in Portorož, Slovenia. WDC has sent experts to participate in this forum for more than 25 years. For decades, whaling and whale conservation interests have clashed at the IWC and this year, once again, a motion…

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25th October 2022


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