Yesterday was the first day of the Biennial Conference and sounds like it was full of information! Collen and Monica's brains are already bursting with new facts so let's hear what they have to report back:
Whaling used to be the main source of income in Hermanus. Today, the locals still profit from whales – but without harming them! The small city of Hermanus is located on the Western Cape of South Africa and is one of the best places on earth for land-based whale watching.
It’s a big ocean out there. We’re learning a lot about whales these days in nearshore waters but good information on where exactly they live in most of the ocean is in short supply. At the same time, a quarter of the 90 whale, dolphin and porpoise species are threatened and half are not well enough known even to classify them as threatened or not.
The marine mammal community is meeting for the Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, organized by the Society for Marine Mammalogy.
Sadie Gorvett (Education Intern) recalls her most memorable times as an intern at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.
Time has flown and it’s almost time to say farewell to the Isle of Lewis and all the whales, dolphins and porpoises who call these waters home. Although it’s been a bit of a mixed bag weather wise, we’ve managed to get out on the water a surprising amount of times and every time been treated to some whale and dolphin delights.
Emily Burton, one of our fantastic volunteers at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, gives an update on the Scottish Dolphin Centre's efforts to reduce its plastic waste.
12.7 million tons of plastic is dumped into the sea each year. That’s the equivalent of a full bin lorry every single minute. -Greenpeace
By Sarah Sheldon, WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre's Guide and Events intern.
It was a slow start to this seasons fieldwork here on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.