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Tilikum – the Death of a Dark Star

Tilikum – the Death of a Dark Star

The news, when it finally came, was not a surprise but it still stung. On January 6th, 2017, Sea World announced that Tilikum, the dark star of the 2013 ground-breaking documentary Blackfish, had died.  This notorious orca will be remembered for many things, not least the death of three people in the more than three…

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Forgotten dolphins #4 – the plight of the beluga whale

SIGN THE PETITION NOW. For this instalment in the Forgotten Dolphins series, WDC residential volunteer, Naomi Bentley, shines a light on the plight of captive beluga whales. SeaWorld’s announcement this year of ending their captive orca breeding programme, and ‘phasing out’ live shows, is news WDC was especially heartened to hear. This means these orcas…

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UK Orca Watch 2016

Last month WDC headed back up to the very north of Scotland to participate in the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness. The event, run in conjunction with the SeaWatch Foundation, is now in its 5th year and once again rewarded the hardy team of spotters on the ferry, cliffs and headlands with some incredible…

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Ein trauriger Glücksfall

Vor einigen Tagen stand ich an einem windigen Strand im Nordwesten Islands, vor mir ein totes Orca-Weibchen. Sie war etwas mehr als 5 Meter lang, ihre Rückenflosse ca. 62 cm hoch und wurde später von Wissenschaftlern als IS223 identifiziert. Ich hatte bereits das große Glück, Schwertwale in aller Welt zu beobachten, aber so nah war…

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A sad windfall

A few days ago on a remote, windswept beach on the wild shores of north west Iceland I found myself standing in front of a dead orca carcass that had been reported washed ashore earlier that day by a local farmer. She was identified by researchers as IS223 and was just over 5 metres long…

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Fjord Fiesta

Timeline: November 2015 Location: N: 69 45 56 E: 18 40 18 Kaldfjorden, Northern Norway. My first experience of whale watching in Norway was nearly 20 years ago when I, like thousands of others, made the trip to Tysfjorden high above the Arctic Circle to witness the phenomenon of large pods of orcas hunting the…

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A first ID match for the orcas of the Indian Ocean

WDC friend and colleague, Georgina Gemmell, recently got in touch with some exciting news to share. Here she takes up the story. Almost nothing is known about the orcas that inhabit the tropical waters of the Northern Indian Ocean (NIO). Due to their offshore nature and infrequent sightings, very little is known about their ecology,…

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24 hours at Cracroft Point

CP, or Cracroft Point, is OrcaLab’s remote outpost and land-based video station perfectly located at the point where Blackney Pass feeds into Johnstone Strait in British Columbia, Canada. This rocky headland witnesses the annual migration of millions of salmon as they return to their spawning rivers along the west coast. There are five species of…

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Stop selling trips to SeaWorld – we take our BA campaign to the top

We have been campaigning hard to persuade British Airways to stop selling trips to SeaWorld and on 18 June, we took our message to the heart of the company by attending the annual shareholders meeting of BA’s parent organisation, IAG, in Madrid. Approximately 200 shareholders attended in person with many more participating by webcast to…

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