Salish Sea Cetacean Bill of Rights

In May 2013, India became the first nation on Earth to recognize dolphins as non-human persons under law. This law means that it is now illegal to own, sell, imprison, kill or otherwise harm dolphins in India. Doesn’t that sound pretty reasonable? Perhaps even long overdue? If we treat corporations as non-human persons, with an array of rights and privileges …

Dolphins gain unprecedented protection in India

“India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected. Dolphin parks that were being built across the country will instead be shut down.” Read the article at Deutsche Welle’s website

Whoosh, gulp, splash: Humpbacks are big hits in Juan de Fuca Strait

“It’s humpback heaven in Juan de Fuca Strait with massive humpbacks almost taking the tourism spotlight off killer whales. ‘They’re bubble feeding, lunge feeding and breaching like crazy, and they’re bringing their babies here,’ said Michael Harris, executive director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, which represents whale-watching companies in the region. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s an …

Seattle Times: Harbor porpoises now a common sight in Puget Sound

“After nearly disappearing from local waters for decades, harbor porpoises are once again a common sight in Puget Sound. “They are back, big time,” says biologist John Calambokidis with the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia. “They are probably the most common cetacean in Puget Sound.” Common in our inland waters through the 1940s and ’50s, harbor porpoises virtually disappeared in …