No vote on the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary at the International Whaling Commission

No vote on the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary at the International Whaling Commission Introduction The establishment of a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary (SAWS) was once again an agenda item for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) during its 68th meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia. This time, it was the governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay aiming to …

A small, two-minute survey on whales and whaling

A small, two-minute survey on whales and whaling For the purposes of a chapter on the cultural role of whales, we are starting a small, two-minute survey on whales and whaling. The chapter will be included in the book Japan's Withdrawal from International Whaling Regulation: Implications for Global Environmental Diplomacy, edited by Dr Nikolas Sellheim …

Book Review: Nick Pyenson’s “Spying on Whales. The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Largest Animals.”

This review was originally published in Polar Record on 2 April 2019 (here). Whales are indeed fascinating animals. Their gigantic size, their cultural and social characteristics, their being mammals living in a marine habitat all make whales and their benign nature “almost a human dream of alien life: approachable, sophisticated and inscrutable” (p. 26). Over …