News from the world of whales and dolphins
I just had to share this photo of spinner dolphins with you. It actually made me say ‚wow‘ out loud when I saw it!
Dolphins and whales are awesome – they evoke intense emotions when we encounter them in their natural environment. There’s something about seeing a whale or dolphin powering through the water that makes it an unforgettable experience. It’s their size, their mystery, their intelligence – we can see ourselves in them and yet they are utterly other.
The photo above was taken by WDC ambassador, Andrew Sutton and you can read more about this amazing whale and dolphin watching experience in his guest blog below.
While we’re talking about watching these magnificent creatures in the wild, I’ve got an uplifting story for you about how we are helping an ex-whale hunter to start a whale watch business. And, if you fancy watching out for dolphins and porpoises with us, then you could join our team in September as a volunteer on the island of Bardsey, north Wales.
As always, thank you for your support – it’s the donations we receive from people like you that mean we can keep ‚looking out‘ for whales and dolphins wherever they need us.
With best wishes on behalf of all at WDC.
This could be you!
Do you fancy joining us in north Wales to help with our fieldwork? We’re looking for volunteers to join our team for two weeks in September. Details, costs and application form can be found on our website. We’d love to see you.
WDC ambassador, Andrew Sutton recounts his inspiring experience with sperm whales off Sri Lanka. We all love seeing whales and dolphins in the wild but we need to watch responsibly or we risk causing them harm.
Helping an ex-hunter
We believe in offering positive alternatives. That’s why we’ve been supporting an ex-whaler from the Caribbean as he hangs up his harpoon to start a whale watching business. It’s such an exciting project!
Wow! Walking whale found
Scientists have unearthed the fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale who had webbed feet and hooves.
Beluga move delayed
Awful weather in Iceland means we’ve had to postpone Little Grey and Little White’s journey to their new ocean sanctuary home for a short while. We’ll have a new move date soon and will let you know once the two whales have arrived safely. We can’t wait!
EU lets dolphins down
Thousands of dolphins and porpoises die in fishing nets every year in EU waters. Last week, MEPs had a real chance to make a difference but they failed, voting in new laws which fall well short of what’s needed to stop these deaths.
333 minke whales killed
Japanese whalers have killed 333 minke whales in what will be their last ‚research‘ hunt in Antarctica. They plan to resume full-scale commercial whaling in Japan’s waters this June.
Beautiful whale posters from Gerry Turley
Do you love humpback whales? Or are you after a special treat for yourself? Look no further! Gerry Turley’s signed, hand-finished screen printed posters add the wow-factor to any wall and each purchase helps support our work.
Explore Scotland with Born Wild
There are still places available for Born Wild’s ‚Wild Route To Freedom‘, the ultimate Scottish adventure. It provides a unique exploration of the iconic, wild North Coast 500 route. Book a place on this trip and help to support our work.