New paper: false killer whales in the Falklands

We have just published a collaborative short note in Polar Biology describing a mass stranding of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) in the Falkland Islands: Crofts, S., Martien, K.K., Robertson, K.M., Stanworth, A., Massam, S. and Weir, C.R. (2019). First record of false kill

Marine Protected Area for Risso’s dolphins?

Our collaborative paper on the importance of the waters around north-east Lewis (Scotland) for Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) has just been published. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) are advocating for this area to be designated as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) for Riss

Book chapter: Cetaceans of Angola

During 2018 I was delighted to be invited to contribute to a comprehensive new book describing the biodiversity of Angola. The book, titled Biodiversity of Angola. Science and Conservation: A modern synthesis, includes chapters on flora, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, ter
(c) Caroline Weir / Falklands Conservation

New report: Falkland Island sei whales

Caroline has been working for Falklands Conservation since October 2016, initiating a multi-faceted field research project on sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) in the Falkland Islands. Although typically encountered in deep, oceanic waters in many parts of their ranges, the Falkland

Dusky dolphins in the Falklands – new paper

We just published a short note in Marine Biodiversity Records describing the occurrence of dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) in the Falkland Islands: Weir, C.R. and Black, A. (2018). Records of the dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) in the Falkland Islands, including assoc

Bent dorsal fins in cetaceans – new publication

A new collaborative paper has just been published that describes the occurrence of “bent fins” in species of cetaceans worldwide. During my work on sei whales at Falklands Conservation, we photographed one whale in East Falkland with an unusual bent over dorsal fin that ha
Sousa (c) Caroline Weir

Humpback dolphins in the Saloum Delta, Senegal

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new paper describing the occurrence of Atlantic humpback dolphins in the Saloum Delta region of Senegal: Weir, C.R. (2016). Atlantic humpback dolphins Sousa teuszii in the Saloum Delta (Senegal): distribution, relative abundance and photo-

Spinal abnormalities in Sousa species

We are pleased to announce the publication of our new paper describing spinal malformations in the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic humpback dolphins: Weir, C.R. and Wang, J.Y. (2016). Vertebral column anomalies in Indo-Pacific and Atlantic humpback dolphins Sousa spp. Diseases of Aquatic Or

New book chapter: distribution and habitat of the Atlantic humpback dolphin

We recently published a new paper which described the distribution and habitat of the Atlantic humpback dolphin throughout its Atlantic African range: Weir, C.R. and Collins, T. (2015). A review of the geographical distribution and habitat of the Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teusz

Killer whale necropsy, Iceland

On 6 March 2016, on behalf of Filipa Samarra of the Icelandic Orca Project, I assisted with the necropsy of a killer whale that had stranded near to Kolgrafarfjörður on the west coast of Iceland on the 2 March. The whale was an adult female known to the Icelandic Orca Project as IS223