Your May Whale and Dolphin news

How you can help stop whaling and some great news on our campaign to end captivity.

News from the world of whales and dolphins


Sometimes we need to remind ourselves how far we’ve come. It’s easy to get weighed down by the bad things and forget about our achievements. I remember when there were still captive dolphins in the UK and when most people didn’t question places like SeaWorld. We’ve come a long way together since then!

We’ve made giant strides in our campaign to stop UK holiday companies supporting whale and dolphin captivity.

British Airways still refuses to listen, but big players like Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook and TripAdvisor are more progressive and have begun making radical changes. We’re so grateful to you and all our wonderful supporters for standing with us to show these companies that people care.

Little White the beluga whale

And in more good news…

The beluga whale in the picture above is Little White and we are getting nearer to the day we will release her, Jun Jun (pictured below) and Little Grey into their new sea sanctuary home.

As we speak, they are in the care of experts who are helping them prepare for the upheaval and stress of transportation and for the challenges they will face once they are ‚home‘, such as colder water and having to hunt for their own food again. It’s not unlike the training astronauts have to go through before going to the International Space Station! Read all about it below.

Until then, thank you for being part of WDC. We couldn’t be here for whales and dolphins without you.

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

Jun Jun, one of the beluga whales preparing for sanctuary

Closer to sanctuary

I’m so excited about our project to create the world’s first sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales. Jun Jun (pictured), Little White and Little Grey are preparing for their new lives. To get them mentally and physically ready is a lot of work, but it’s worth it!

Wild dolphins leaping

We’ve come a long way

Unlike the dinosaurs at British Airways, other, more open-minded travel companies are listening to you. We are advising Virgin and TripAdvisor, and Thomas Cook is auditing all the captive facilities on its books.

Gamers for orcas

New ways to fundraise

Join our 24 hour gaming fundraiser on 9 June. Anyone who loves playing games can set up their own gaming marathon. You can take part on a console, a phone or even play board games. You can game alone or with friends, online or in person! Interested?

A dolphin in a net

Campaign update

We’ve been busy since we launched our campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in nets in UK waters. Have a read of my blog to find out what our team has been doing to influence decision-makers in the UK and in Europe.

Plus, even more ways you can help …

Kolgraf orca 100 Credit: Rob Lott

Play our Summer Raffle

Take part in the raffle and you could win £1,000*. Play with as little as £1, and you could win one of seven cash prizes worth £2,000. All proceeds go towards our orca captivity work.

Humpback - Lisa Barrett

Shop on eBay!

To celebrate World Ocean’s Day on Thursday 8 June, are enabling shoppers to donate to WDC at the checkout, through the PayPal giving fund.

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