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

What have dead whales ever done for us?

When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

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...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

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Fin whales are targeted by Icelandic whalers

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

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Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
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...

Customs and marine mammals

Travelling through Boston airport I was glad to see that the US Customs were keen on getting the message out to travellers that marine mammals and the products made from marine mammals should not be transported out of or into the USA. Boston Airport - US Customs warnings on marine mammals

The message seeks to reinforce that the US Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), ‘prohibits the hunting, killing, capture, and/or harassment of marine mammals and enacts a moratorium on teh import, export and sale of marine mammal parts and products’.

Furthermore, I was pleased to see that seals and so-called health pills made from seals, were also included. WDC has been pointimng out for some time that the commercial whalers have been trying to ensourage such products and that the merging of aboriginal subsistence whaling and commercial whaling is of increasing concern and as we have campaigned on over the last few years

Again, good on the US customs guys to make sure this message is front and centre. Pity we dont see something similar before people fly out of Europe to Iceland, Greenland or Norway.