At a time when some countries are fixated on giving Japan a deal on commercial whaling, it would seem Iceland may be thinking it's going to be left out of any deal.
I write this travelling on a train back from London. In fact, I am travelling home to the South West of the UK via a circuitous route round some delightful southern stations and train lines because, believe it or not, the rail company that services Chippenham (where WDCS UK is based) charges over one hundred pounds to travel the 100 odd miles into London and the 100 miles back.
It would seem that the Solomon Islands have said that they don't wish to support whaling any more, - and by the way Japan, we don't want your money for supporting whaling anymore either
Japan comes out with it's usual denials, but the corruption at the root of whaling will simply not be hidden.
Yet another day of howling gales and sleety rain up here in Inverness. This weather makes looking for dolphins really difficult and also very uncomfortable. Oh how I look forward to the sunny days when the air is warm and the sea is seemingly full of dolphins leaping about after fish and chasing each other, like big Munchies in the photo here. Happy Days.
In a few days time, the member countries of the IWC will be meeting just outside London in the UK to discuss the future of the IWC.
Travelling along to the WDCS Wildlife Centre on Thursday, I spotted my first wee lamb this year, happy and content lying beside Mum.
Now I might be a bit slow on the uptake sometimes but I always thought that if you were setting out to protect dolphins you should always remember that they are not trees.
A few days ago (12th February) I noted that the Asahi Shimbun had reported that the Japanese whaling industry has been operating at a considerable loss.
Several years ago WDCS raised concerns about the issue of suspiciously high levels of Mercury and other contaminants in whale and dolphin meat products available in Japan. However, Japanese officials seemed committed to ensuring that nothing would disrupt their zealotry in trying to get commercial whaling endorsed; for some not even the safety of their own people seems to have been an issue.