whale watching

Why is everyone talking about whale poo?

Posted by Willie — 20 October 2016 at 4:55pm - Comments
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Whales are special. No, not for any stereotypical hippy la-la reasons, this is *science*!

Healthy oceans need lots of healthy whale populations: they keep things in balance, help disperse and mix nutrients, support entire ecosystems and help fight climate change.

Surprised? Read on…

Celebrating island (wild) life

Posted by Willie — 22 May 2014 at 12:05am - Comments
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Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but put simply it’s a day officially set aside to celebrate the world’s wealth of wildlife. For 2014 the theme is Island Biodiversity.

Blackfish: when whales turn killer

Posted by Willie — 24 July 2013 at 4:24pm - Comments
An orca performing
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Being held in captivity can chop 50-60 years from a killer whale's life expectancy

When I was little, I can vaguely remember a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park for my birthday. This was back in the days when the world was black and white, Starburst was called Opal Fruits, and they still had dolphins in captivity in the UK. I don’t remember much, but I know we watched a dolphin ‘show’ with balls and hoops and clapping and ‘ooh-ing’.

You can’t see a dolphin in the UK doing that today. That is progress.


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Over-exploit, cheat, deplete. The cycle of greed behind the global whaling industry drove one whale population after another toward oblivion. It is still not known if some species will ever recover, even after decades of protection.

Facts and figures

The global whaling industry has driven one whale population after another towards extinction
The statistics say it all. The blue whales of the Antarctic are at less than one per cent of their original abundance, despite 40 years of complete protection. Some populations of whales are recovering but some are not.

Tourists invited to try their hand at whaling in Iceland?

Posted by Willie — 17 August 2010 at 10:08am - Comments

Is this the kind of whale watching Icelandic whalers are considering? © Greenpeace/Axelsson

I've long since given up trying to apply any semblance of logic to the arguments for whaling, and the latest news from Iceland doesn't prove me wrong.

26 Governments protest at Iceland's continued whale hunt

Posted by Willie — 2 October 2009 at 4:53pm - Comments

Today 26 governments made an official protest (called a 'demarche') to the Icelandic government, caliing on them to reassess their current whaling operations, and end commercial whaling.

Oceans - the solutions

Last edited 10 November 2006 at 5:14pm

Sea squirts on theInner Hebrides seamount

Sea squirts on the Inner Hebrides seamount, Scotland

The threats which face the oceans are many and varied. Left unchecked our seas are rapidly being emptied by a combination of overfishing, climate change and industrial pollution. Vital breathing space is needed if there is to be a genuine chance of recovery from the damage caused by years of human activity - but it needs to happen now.

Whale watching

Last edited 8 November 2006 at 9:00am

One of the ironies of the fight to end commercial whaling is that over the past decade whale watching has shown the potential to become far more profitable than whaling ever was. It is already generating a staggering $1.25 billion per year globally.

Whale watching takes advantage of the fact that most whales are migratory, moving around the oceans at different times of the year to breed and feed. Much of this migration takes place in coastal waters, where large whale pods can often be clearly seen, either from small boats or from the shore.

To whale or watch a whale?

Last edited 25 September 2003 at 8:00am

To whale, or watch a whale? That was the question Greenpeace posed to guests at an Icelandic tourism event at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on September 24.

The Mayor of Reykjavik, Thorolfur Arnason hosted the London event to promote tourism in Iceland. We were there to make sure the host and attendees realised that Icelandic tourism faces a crisis of confidence. Reykjavik, Husavik, is the centre of the island's whale watching industry - which is already noticing the repercussions of the Government's return to whaling.

Whale watching and Caribbean island tourism

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Publication date: 
23 July, 2001

The Global whale watching industry

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