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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

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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...

A Happy New Year for Orcas!

Rumors started swirling Tuesday afternoon about a possible new baby seen in J pod of the Southern Residents, and we thrilled to share the official news from the Center for Whale Research – J16, Slick, has been seen with a brand new youngster at her side!

Slick is an experienced mother who is usually seen with her three living offspring (Mike, Alki, and Echo) – at an estimated 42 years old, she was a young orca herself when the annual census began in the early 70s.

After the recent tragic death of Rhapsody, another J pod member, earlier this month and the heartbreaking loss of an L pod baby this past fall, this is a ray of hope at the end of a rough year for the Southern Residents. 

Help make 2015 a Happy New Year for these orcas and sign our petition – we won’t let the new baby be dammed!

December 31 Update: The newest addition to J pod will be designated J50, and will be given a name sometime next year.  Researchers first spotted the new baby yesterday afternoon, swimming in Slick’s slipstream, looking healthy and full of energy!