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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...
Fin whale

From managing commercial slaughter to saving the whale – the International Whaling Commission at 75

Governments come together under the auspices of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to make decisions...

Exploring the world of whales with children 5000 miles away

Mission accomplished…A few days ago we successfully gave our first whale and dolphin presentation to pupils living on another continent.

We’ve been experimenting with Skype as a way of connecting with children across the world, many of whom live nowhere near the sea and might never be lucky enough to see a whales or dolphin in the wild.

Skype presentationOur first session was with a class of children at a school in Texas, approximately 5000 miles away from our meeting room in Chippenham, UK. After a little bit of trouble with a slightly blurred picture and dodgy sound everything fell into place and we spent almost an hour talking to them and answering a list of questions that they had been preparing over the past month in anticipation of the lesson.

They were a brilliant group of kids – very well behaved, attentive and interested. They’d obviously worked hard researching the subject before we Skyped, and they very much deserved the Dolphin Diplomas we sent them at the end of the day.

Schools are able to open the world up to children like never before; just take a look at what’s available through Skype in the classroom and be inspired to show them something new!