Posts by Alison Wood

To save river dolphins, we need to protect their freshwater homes

Further progress has been recently made in reaching the goal of identifying and protecting important habitat for river dolphins. Experts have agreed that a method currently used to identify areas of ocean that are important habitats for whales and oceanic dolphins can also be used to identify important habitats for aquatic mammals such as river…

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WDC Outreach Visits in Welsh Schools

This is a guest blog by WDC long-term volunteer, Pam Styles.  Pam has been helping us run our education pilot project in South Wales.  She has visited a number of schools already and has been impressed by the enthusiasm the children have shown for learning about whales and dolphins and environmental issues. In my role…

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Talking Whales and Poo to Children

WDC has recently been visiting schools in South Wales helping children learn about whales and dolphins and their ocean homes. Do whales have belly buttons? Can dolphins talk to whales? Do they get stung when they eat jellyfish?  Can a dolphin die if it eats a balloon or bag? Can a baby dolphin drown if…

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Dolphins at Risk from Amazon Dams

Most people assume dolphins live in the sea. But there is a small, less well-known group that can live hundreds of miles from the coast, swimming in freshwater rivers and lakes. The Amazon River dolphins of South America, also known as botos, are a flagship species and a symbol of the huge range of wildlife…

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Wale im Kopf #5: Das englische WDC-Büro

WDC vermittelt weltweit faszinierendes Wissen über Wale und Delfine und begeistert Jung und Alt für diese ganz besonderen Meeresbewohner. Im Sommer 2016 wurde WDC für sein Engagement mit dem ASCOBANS Bildungspreis ausgezeichnet, ein wertvolle Anerkennung für unser jahrelanges Engagement. Mit fünf internationalen WDC Büros und einem Delfinbesucherzentrum in Schottland erreichen wir ein breitgefächertes Publikum und…

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Education with a Porpoise #5 – An Education Blog Series

WDC is an international leader in educating and exciting people of all ages about whales and dolphins, and this summer we were the proud recipients of the ASCOBANS Outreach and Education Award. With offices in five different countries and a visitor centre in Scotland, we reach a wide audience and carry out many different education initiatives. …

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Conservation successes for European whales and dolphins

ACCOBAMS is the acronym for the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and adjacent Atlantic area.  It brings governments in this region together to work out what they can do to ensure the conservation of whales and dolphins and the marine environment in this part of the world.  There…

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New ancient river dolphin species discovered

Scientists have discovered a new genus and species of river dolphin that has long been extinct. They have named it Isthminia panamensis in recognition of where it was found and believe it is the closest relative of the Amazon River dolphin (boto). Scientists made their discovery in ancient marine rocks of Panama, Central America. These…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Successful Amazon River Dolphin Conservation!

2015; IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE NATUTAMA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY! And there is much to celebrate! Natutama, founded with WDC help in 2005, is ten years old. The Natutama team have worked successfully together with local communities to protect wildlife and the surrounding environment of Puerto Narino in the heart of the Colombian Amazon.  Together they have…

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