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Posts by Julia Pix

US aquarium wants to import belugas from Canada

Mystic Aquarium, in the US state of Connecticut, has applied to import five young beluga whales from Marineland in Canada for research, claiming they cannot study the whales without moving them. Canada banned whale and dolphin captivity earlier this year but we’re facing a battle to make sure this law is upheld. Two attractions in Canada…

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Bringing home the misery of orca captivity

Emma Stallworthy and Caroline Willis spent much of 2019 as residential volunteers at our Scottish Dolphin Centre. Part of their role was to run the centre’s events programme and in this guest blog, they explain how they came up with an event to help visitors understand the cruel confinement of captivity. Volunteering at Whale and…

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My wonderful week as a dolphin research volunteer

Joelle Davies has always wanted to join our research team in Wales on their annual dolphin and porpoise survey. This year she made it happen and the experience was everything she had hoped it would be, and more. If you think you might like to join us next year, or you just want to know…

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Preparations continue for release of beluga whales into sanctuary bay

Little Grey and Little White continue to do well and have settled into their temporary care pool following their epic journey from China to their new home in Iceland. As always, the health and well-being of Little Grey and Little White remains our top priority and based on their progress and the changing weather conditions,…

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Whale watching not whale hunting

At WDC, we believe in offering positive alternatives. We don’t just say that captivity is wrong, we work to create sanctuaries. We fight to stop whaling and dolphin hunts, but we also support the whale watch industry all over the world. Whales are awesome – they inspire intense emotions in humans when we encounter them…

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A WDC supporter’s impression of Vancouver Aquarium

David Yeadon is a WDC supporter who visited Vancouver Aquarium two years ago, when he was 16. What he saw shocked and upset him so much that he asked us if he could tell his story. The views and opinions expressed by our guest bloggers are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent…

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How many New Zealand dolphins should there be and how high should we be setting our conservation goals?

Māui and Hector’s dolphins (collectively known as New Zealand dolphins) are hurtling towards extinction because fishing nets are killing them at an unsustainable rate. WDC is campaigning to save them and I’ve been wondering – if we are successful, how many dolphins should there be? How high should we be setting our sights for their recovery?…

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How do you fly two beluga whales half way around the world?

As you may well be aware, we are working with the SEA LIFE Trust to create the world’s first sanctuary for captive whales, and later this year, two beluga whales, currently held in an aquarium in Shanghai, China, will be flown to their new, more natural sanctuary home in a bay in Iceland. Last week…

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Collision With A Gray Whale Eliminates Yacht From Sailing Race

My work day today started with an email directing me to an article about a sailboat colliding with a whale in the San Francisco Bay. Ironic, given that tomorrow I am boarding a plane en route to a sailing symposium to talk about just that – safe boating for sailors and whales. Together with our…

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