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our latest school project.
Photo identification of beluga whales
Every summer when the ice has melted, hundreds of beluga whales gather in a bay in the Canadian Arctic, where warmer fresh water flows into the sea. There, they raise their young ones, go through the molting process, and mate. But is it the very same belugas that return to this bay every year? Could climate change and the associated changes in sea currents and temperatures affect their annual routine?
Scientists and photographers try to identify individual belugas by their particular characteristics and recognize them on photographs of different years. To this end, their so-called dorsal ridge can be used, a firm crest that extends along their back and often has a pattern of notches and scars. This pattern serves as a fingerprint of individual belugas. In the school project that we present here, kids can discover how to identify belugas by examining photos of belugas and trying to find matching pictures from different years.
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The Dolphin’s Voice was founded in 2012 with the goal to contribute to protecting dolphins, whales, and their habitat – the world’s oceans – by spreading information and engaging in international projects. We believe that knowledge leads to awareness, and awareness leads to change. The Dolphin’s Voice is run on a purely voluntary basis, driven by the personal commitment of our members and supporters. Throughout our activities, we try our best to judge emotional topics in a rational way, instead of just following the prevailing opinion. We strive to reach our goals through dedication, transparency, honesty, and efficiency. We hope that you enjoy the information found on this site, and we look forward to meeting you at our events! -Team TDV.ngo
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The Dolphin’s Voice (tdv.ngo) is run on a purely voluntary basis, driven by the personal commitment of our members and supporters. We believe that knowledge leads to awareness, and awareness leads to change. Help us build a world where dolphins and whales are met with respect and can live free from human threats!
we love sharks.
Stop finning – Stop the trade
Sharks die for our pleasure and profit. We estimate it’s a hundred million (!!!) every year, including a lot of illegal fishing activity off the record. We humans hunt them to make money of their fins. Shark fin soup – which includes just a tiny bit of fins per serving – is sold as an extremely expensive dish, especially in Asia.
In comparison to their fins, the sharks’ meat is of little value. Fishermen thus simply dispose of the sharks after cutting off their fins. The sharks – still alive at that moment! – are not able to swim anymore due to the lacking fins. They sink and then die either from bleeding, suffocation, or predators.
Europe’s role in the finning business is a doubtful one. The European Union demands that fins be not cut off the animals while still aboard ships in EU waters – called the “fins-naturally-attached” policy. However, once in a port, it is allowed to cut off the fins and sell them to Asia. We believe it is about time to get rid of this inconsistency. The trade with shark fins needs to be stopped! Please raise your voice and support this initiative like we and many other organisations do for a better protection of sharks by the European Union.