OceanCare Blog

A seal in pain

On a recent visit to a seal colony in northwest Wales in the UK, OceanCare’s Director of Science, Mark Simmonds, spotted the animal in this photograph and we are sorry if this image causes anyone distress but we wanted her story to be known.She was sitting a little...

Iceland kills first fin whale in four years

Iceland has resumed the hunting of fin whales in the northeast Atlantic. This new whaling season is one that many of us had hoped would not start and especially after the Icelandic Fisheries minister boldly highlighted earlier this year that their whaling made no...

When night becomes day – a newly recognized problem

Laetitia Nunny and Mark Simmonds Do you ever look up at the night sky and feel that the stars are disappearing; and somehow, they seem less bright than they used to be? This is one facet of a phenomenon coming increasingly into focus as a significant threat to wild...

The Sad Story of a 21st Century Whale

Vision for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) In early December, the International Whaling Commission celebrated its 75th anniversary and working with several other conservation and welfare organisations, OceanCare hosted an on-line event to mark this occasion...

Vaquita – losing the struggle for survival

It’s 30 years now that the Vaquita, a small porpoise species restricted to the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, was classified as “endangered” on the Red List. Today, no more than 9 (nine) vaquitas are left – living relics with a gene pool already too small to...