Hi there, I’m pleased to bring you your September enews.
Have you signed our petition yet asking TUI to help end lockdown for captive whales and dolphins like Lolita, the orca in the photo above?
Lolita was taken from the wild in 1970. Several other whales died in the nets and their bodies were filled with rocks by their captors so they would sink to the bottom and leave no trace.
The tiny pool you see in the picture has been Lolita’s entire world for more than 50 years. She shares it with two Pacific white-sided dolphins and has not had orca company for more than 40 years.
Many of us have struggled with isolation during the pandemic. How has an intelligent, social, highly mobile and emotionally complex individual like Lolita coped with a 50 year lockdown? Some days I simply find it too painful to contemplate. Surviving is not living as my colleague Rob Lott explores through his personal recollections of meeting Lolita and another orca – Corky who has been in captivity even longer.
But there is hope because of people like you. Together we have the power to create great change. People are questioning and challenging captivity in far greater numbers than ever before. We have persuaded travel giants like Virgin Holidays and British Airways to stop supporting captive cruelty. Now we need to persuade TUI, the world’s largest tour operator, to join them.
On behalf of all of us at WDC and the 3,600 whales and dolphins held in tanks – thank you for playing your part.
Julia Pix, WDC.
Another captive orca dies
Amaya was only six years old when she died at SeaWorld San Diego (pictured) in August. It breaks my heart to think that she’s the second orca to die in captivity since we launched our campaign calling on TUI to stop supporting this cruelty
Baby dolphin rescued
Atlantic white-sided dolphins usually live offshore, so when they showed up in a Scottish harbour it was clear they were in trouble. Hear how this newborn dolphin and her/his family were rescued by an inspiring show of human teamwork.
Be a citizen scientist
if you live in Scotland, you could join our Shorewatch team. Our Shorewatch volunteers are trained to look out for whales and dolphins, and the data they collect helps us lobby for better protection.
Shop with us
Did you know we have an online shop? We have an extensive range from cuddly whales to clothing made from recycled materials, plus handcrafts and homeware made by artisans from around the world. All profits go towards protecting whales and dolphins.
Message in a bottle
The plastic going into the ocean every year (up to 23m tonnes) weighs as much as 10 times all the blue whales alive today! So we’ve joined with BRITA to release a shocking new report which serves as a wake-up call from the ocean.
New game launched
WDC partner Curve Digital’s new game I Am Fish launched today on Steam! Join Goldfish and his friends in making a break for freedom to the sanctuary of the sea. A portion of sales is being donated to help us protect whales and dolphins.