Long Game required to save Orca

It is with great sadness that we got the news yesterday about the death of Orca J50. I’m currently in Bremerton (WA), just a few miles away from where she was last seen alive, and the news cast a dark cloud over our day. The death of J50 is tragic, especially when you consider how […]

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Why “Shark Cage Diving” ban matters

The New Zealand Court of Appeal today ruled shark cage diving is an offense under the Wildlife Act, a move being welcomed by many, and ridiculed by others. But it raises an interesting question – Should shark cage diving be banned globally, despite its benefits? Shark cage diving involves operators first attracting sharks to an […]

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Leopard Seal Killers Caught

The alleged killers of a leopard seal found with gunshot wounds on a Northland beach have been caught. Four teenage males, two aged 16 and two aged 15, would be referred to Youth Aid over the incident, police said. The leopard seal was found dead of gunshot wounds to the face on a beach near […]

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Trump Kills Endangered Species Act

I am sorry, but those of you who said to give Trump a chance are wrong. As a conservationist, it breaks my heart to see what his administration has done, but more so, what they are about to do. When Trump arrived in office, within weeks he had pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. […]

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Iceland Kills Protected Whale by Mistake

Just before midnight on Saturday, 7th July, the Hvalur hf. fin whaling company landed its 22nd catch of the season at the whaling station at Hvalfjörður, Iceland. The whale hauled up the slipway immediately caught the attention of Arne Feuerhahn, a German conservationist documenting the hunt as it was strikingly different in appearance to a […]

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Pirate Fish Poachers finally captured

A fishing ship carrying 600 (yeah that’s right – 600!!!) illegal driftnets stretching up to 18 miles has been seized after an extensive chase by Interpol and various authorities. The STS-50 (its current name) has been using the flags of eight different countries to evade capture. It has also been changing its name on a […]

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Watson’s crazy allegations

I was disheartened last week when people started messaging me Watson’s latest nonsense alleging my knifing in Brazil was all a fabrication. It’s not the first time he’s posted to his many followers such vitriolic lies. And it is most ironic, given Watson’s long history of lying and faking stuff. Watson’s main evidence was because […]

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New Zealand Conservationist Knifed in Brazil

Captain Pete Bethune of Earthrace Conservation was this morning attacked by 2 men, one if them with a knife, in the port city of Santander in Brazil. Bethune says one of the men lunged at him with a knife, while a second man came from behind.  A fight ensued for several minutes, during which Bethune […]

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US Navy to assist captivity of the last Vaquita

Just announced – U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers arrived in Mexico Thursday to participate in a last-ditch effort to catch, enclose and protect the last few dozen surviving Vaquita porpoises. Despite Mexico’s campaign to help the species, which are the world’s smallest and rarest type of porpoises, and live only in the Gulf of […]

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Endangered Turtle Died from Plastic

More than a litre of plastic has been found inside a turtle that washed up in Northland. The critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle was found near Mangonui in August. It was underweight and weak but had no external injuries. Auckland Zoo resident vet, Dr Lydia Uddstrom, says despite best efforts over 13 days of intensive care, […]

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Aussies kill Monster Crocodile

The largest crocodile seen in decades in Queensland was found dead over the weekend with a bullet in it’s head. We claim we want to save our wildlife, yet Governments and Citizens alike still show zero tolerance for animals that pose risk to humans, even when in the territory they’ve occupied for millennia. The problem […]

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Fake News rears its head in NZ Election

It’s been disconcerting watching the NZ election. Despite our isolation, it seems we are not immune to the fake news cycles that have increasingly plagued elections overseas. There’s a few reasons why “Fake News” has become so prevalent, but it is a shame when it impacts at the very heart of our democracy. In the […]

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