The following letter appeared in the April edition of the science magazine 'Nature'.
Mark Simmonds and Christopher Stroud
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Alexander House, James St. West, Bath BA1 2BT
WDCS has received reports that the Makah tribe of Washington State, USA have made plans to initiate a hunt beginning in October of 1998.
The following is taken from the Australian wire service APP;
Recent reports of the establishment of a new whaling agreement seem to have been both confusing, and, it appears, inaccurate.
For more information about the nearest Walk for British Whales and Dolphins event in your area, copies of the official sponsorship form or further information about the campaign telephone the 'dolphin hotline' on 01225 867770. Or write to:
Walk for Whales and Dolphins 1998
To find out the location of your nearest sponsored walk please download the attached file.
On the 1st April 1998, Sea World, San Diego, USA released a gray whale calf back into the wild after she had been in captivity for over 14 months. The whale, named 'JJ', was nearly dead when she stranded last year, alone on the shores of California and barely a week old, after either being abandoned or losing her mother. She was taken to Sea World where she was cared for and nursed back to health. When she arrived at Sea World she weighed just over 1,600 pounds, when she left she weighed over 18,000 pounds.
International swimmer Sharron Davies, children's presenter Michaela Strachan and children's wildlife expert Chris Packham have all joined forces with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) to launch its biggest campaign ever to highlight the dangers faced by British whales, dolphins and porpoises.
There are eleven species of whale and dolphin regularly seen off the coast of the United Kingdom. Two of these, the bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise, are mainly inshore species and spend much of their time within a few hundred metres of the coastline.