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WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...
We need whale poo 📷 WDC NA

Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...

Jack of All Trades

Jack of All Trades is a saying that dates back to the 16th Century.  It defines someone that is skilled in many different areas and most certainly applicable to the crew of the WDCS NA office.  The work of the past month is a testament to the multi-level talents exhibited by all in our office (with the possible exception of my time management skills, which has delayed this blog from going out until now!).

Whether it is pulling together information to protect dolphins in the Florida Keys, submitting a report on drive hunts to a journal for scientific publication, or writing to thank our supporters, we are writers, editors, journalists and story tellers.  And whether it was meeting with Cleo, a

young lady from California who organized a lemonade stand with her friends to raise funds for us, or co-sponsoring an Environmental Education seminar with NOAA, we are teachers and educators. The funds that support our work are interwoven into events,  grant applications and phone conversations that flow through the office on a daily basis.  And while none of us has formal IT training, we are all a bit more skilled at fixing computers and data base development than any of us would care to be.

But the one thing I can say we are not, is quitters.  Since I last touched base, another 200+ pilot whales were killed in a grind in the Faroe Islands bringing this year’s total to almost 500 needlessly slaughtered whales.  The body of a critically endangered right whale was found floating off Nova Scotia, entangled in fishing gear.  And we documented yet another fresh vessel wound on a six month old humpback calf off our coast.  Some days can be overwhelming but the only request I have ever had from anyone in this  office is to find them more time in a day to work on an issue.

Tomorrow we will be meeting to discuss the next issue of our newsletter celebrating the 25th year of WDCS in operation.  There will be no shortage of topics to discuss, just a shortage of time as I’m told that our meeting needs to be short as folks have to attend a meeting on whaling, a Whale SENSE evaluation on a whale watch boat, drop off a computer for repair (that we couldn’t fix ourselves) and get a mailing out the door. I’m sure the office phone will be ringing then too!  Just another regular day…………..