Your March whale and dolphin news — WDC

WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation
common dolphins

Last chance to take action and save lives!

Hi there and welcome to your March whale and dolphin news.

First, I want to say a massive ‚thank you‘ to everyone who’s got involved with our Goodbye Bycatch campaign. We’ve been inspired to see so many people stand up for dolphins, porpoises and whales.

You only have one day left, so if you haven’t taken action yet, please act now. It’s quick and easy but this action will close tomorrow.

Every year more than 1,000 dolphins, porpoises and whales die a horrible death in fishing gear in UK seas. But we know the solutions and we CAN stop this.

So just use the simple form on our website to send a message to the fisheries minister to tell them you expect them to make fishing safer for dolphins porpoises and whales. A few moments of your time could help save thousands of lives.


We’re here to fight for a world where every dolphin is safe and free because of you – and we are so grateful for your support.

Until next month, thank you on behalf of all of us at Whale and Dolphin Conservation,

Julia Pix.

To say Goodbye Bycatch, we urgently need your help. Will you consider giving a donation today?


Common dolphin on Branscombe Beach

True stories of lives lost

Every dolphin, porpoise and whale who dies in fishing gear was an individual who probably had a family, friends, a culture and an identity. Each death is a life we had the power to save. Let’s not leave these stories under the waves. HEAR THEIR STORIES


A remarkable whale mum

Reflection is one of the adopt a humpback whales. She divides her time between warm Caribbean seas and the waters off New England near our North America office. She’s taught us a huge amount about being a whale.WHAT REFLECTION TEACHES US

Poproise in fishing net

The problem with nets 

Hundreds of thousands of dolphins and porpoises die in fishing nets every year. More than 1,000 of these deaths are in UK seas – mostly in static gillnets. But why does it happen? Why can’t they just avoid the nets?WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Children and dolphins

Australia’s city dolphins

Did you know that a group of dolphins lives in the Port River in the city of Adelaide? We’ve supported efforts to protect them for many years and I invited a long-term volunteer to tell her story of growing up with these urban dolphins.MARIANNA’S STORY

Orca in Russia

Capture ban extended

Good news! The ban on capturing orcas and belugas from Russian waters has been extended until at least 2023. This ban followed international outcry over the imprisonment of 87 orcas and 11 belugas in the infamous ‚whale jail‘.FULL STORY

Right whale

Save whales with games 

Level-up your game development and game design skills and support WDC’s work at the same time, with this new e-book bundle, containing more than 25 titles worth over $1,000 for just a fraction of the retail price.READ MORE

Skyla the orca

Teenage captive orca dies 

Skyla was born at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2004 to mother Kalina and father Tilikum. She was only two when she was taken from her mum and flown to Tenerife to appear in Loro Parque’s new Orca Ocean show. She died there aged just 17.READ MORE

sperm whales

Learning to avoid whalers

New research reveals that sperm whales may have learnt how to avoid whaling ships and quickly taught each other how to stay safe. Another amazing example of cultural learning in whales.TELL ME MORE

Please consider making a donation to help save dolphin, porpoise and whale lives.


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