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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...
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New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or...

Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales has ended for this year. The common minke whale is the...

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate...

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial...

End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted...

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling...

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning - this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a...

Icelandic whalers breach international law and kill iconic, protected whale by mistake

Icelandic whalers out hunting fin whales for the first time in three years appear to...

Norway's whaling season begins

April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be...

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

Iceland’s only fin whaling company, Hvalur hf,  announced today that it will resume fin whaling...

WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre stops sale of single use plastic bottles

WDC is ramping up its efforts to help reduce plastic pollution by introducing a free water refill station for walkers, cyclists and all visitors to the café at our Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay.

The Centre will no longer sell water or other drinks in single use plastic bottles as part of our wider campaign to reduce plastic waste use across WDC.

A range of cold drinks will still be available in cans and glass bottles and the Centre will now feature on the Refill app, which shows over 1,600 places across the UK where you can refill your bottle with free tap water.

The cafe already offers 10% off any hot drink when visitors bring their own reusable cup. When you purchase an E-Coffee cup in the Centre shop, you also get your first hot drink for free!

More than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world. Plastic pollution is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures. Fifty-six percent of all whale and dolphin species, from small fish-eating dolphins to the largest filter feeding whales, have been recorded eating marine plastics they’ve mistaken for food.

‘With plastics causing such problems for whales and dolphins, we want to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce plastic use here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. We are delighted to be able to offer a free water refill station to support our visitors in their efforts to help the environment,’ said Alison Rose, WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre manager (pictured).

The shop at the Centre also stocks refillable water bottles from our partner, BRITA.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre will be open for the weekend of 24th and 25th March, and then 7 days a week from 30th March. Opening hours are 10:30am until 5pm.

For more information on the plastics issue, its effect of whales and dolphins, and how you can help, go to WDC’s #NotWhaleFood site and join the battle against plastic pollution.