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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...
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...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...

WDC welcomes Solinia – a new Peruvian NGO

WDC welcomes Solinia! A new, and much-needed conservation NGO based in Iquitos, the riverside capital city of the Peruvian Amazon.  Solinia’s founder and Director is Cedric Gilleman, ”I founded Solinia to focus on the protection of river dolphin species living in Peru and facing many threats; the name, Solinia is derived from the Latin names of both types of river dolphin livng here; Sotalia and Inia and also the Spanish for ‘sun’ which is ‘sol’.

solinia logoIquitos acquired international status in 2012 as host of the commemorative plaque of the Amazon River; one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Solinia will tackle problems faced by river dolphins and other aquatic animals.  ”First we need to address the lack of environmental awareness amongst residents of Iquitos and the problems this causes for river dolphins and the Amazon habitats surrounding the city”.  River dolphins and their riverine homes are threatened by entanglement in fishing nets, deliberate killing, pollution (including plastic litter, mercury, oil, sewage) and increasing boat traffic.

Cedric is building up a dedicated team supported by committed volunteers; WDC is helping them look for support and funding to set up conservation and education projects in Iquitos dedicated to river dolphin protection.

Solinia now has a website and a Facebook page