Your October whale and dolphin news

Help us clean up the seas and save whales and dolphins

News from the world of whales and dolphins


Between five million and 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans every year. That’s more than the combined weight of every single blue whale on Earth.

Can you guess how many whale and dolphin species have been recorded eating marine litter? Vets have found plastic inside an astonishing 48 species when carrying out post-mortems. These are appalling stats. Plastic is not whale food.

Not whale food underwater scene

With your help, we’re on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea.

The simplest way to do this is to avoid everyday single-use plastic items like bottles and bags. You can make the change by avoiding these items yourself, but also by encouraging others to do the same. Together we can make a big impact. So we’ve teamed up with BRITA UK to bring you #NotWhaleFood – a website dedicated to inspiring you with practical ways to help.

I’ll be updating you on #NotWhaleFood every month in this newsletter, and you can also sign up to receive ideas for reducing your plastic-use at #NotWhaleFood.

As always, thank you for your brilliant support – we wouldn’t be here without you.

Julia Thoms

WDC campaigns manager

Julia Bradbury and the WDC team

Urban Beach Clean

80% of the plastic litter in the ocean comes from towns and cities and it’s a deadly danger for whales and dolphins. Last week, WDC patron and TV presenter, Julia Bradbury joined WDC staff and supporters for our first Urban Beach Clean.

Plastic heroes

Are you a plastic hero?

Or do you know someone who is? We’re looking for people who have done something great to reduce plastic waste. Carolyn and Carlos (pictured) have completed 12 paddle board marathons on a board made from plastic bottles.

A curious seal pup

Whales in Wales?

OK so that’s not a whale (or a dolphin or a porpoise) in the picture, but she’s very cute! She seemed curious to know what our researchers were up to as they were looking out for Risso’s dolphins and harbour porpoises off Bardsey Island, Wales last month.

Christmas Raffle - Credit WDC/Jared Towers

Play the WDC Christmas raffle today from as little as £1! 

You could win one of seven cash prizes worth £2,000. All proceeds will help WDC protect the homes of whales and dolphins around the world.

WDC Shop - Christmas

Cosy soft blankets made from plastic?

They’re so soft, you could be forgiven for thinking they’re made of wool! Visit the WDC shop for more eco-friendly, Fair Trade Christmas gifts.

Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. Please consider making a donation today and help support our work. Thank you.

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