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Escape into the world of whales and dolphins — wdc

Whales and dolphins can give us all a welcome distraction! Dive into their world with your March e-news from Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

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Escape into the world of whales and dolphins! 

Hi  I’m happy to be bringing you your March e-news as escaping into the world of whales and dolphins can provide us all with a welcome boost in these difficult times.

Whales and dolphins are amazing and we can learn a lot from them. Many species live in tightly bonded societies and communities. They look out for each other, take care of their sick, communicate over vast distances, and they have fun!  I’ll never stop being inspired and fascinated by them.

I want to share this video with you to bring some wonder into your day. It’s just amazing to see and hear wild orcas so close and reminds us how important it is to protect them. (If you adopt an orca then you will have received it in your update last month, but watch it again!)

Finally, I’d like to reassure you that we’re still here, working hard to protect whales and dolphins all over the world. Most of us are working from home (much to the delight of our dogs and cats), but it’s business as usual and we’re all incredibly grateful for your support.

Come and join us on social media where we’re spreading the love every day with good news, inspiring stories and fun family activities. Get involved in our social community and let’s take the distance out of social distancing.

With very best wishes, on behalf of all of us at Whale and Dolphin Conservation,

Julia Pix

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A sperm whale

Dive into their world

How many species of whale and dolphin are there? Where have they come from? How do they socialise and behave? Why do they migrate? Is it true they can sing? Find out the answers to these questions and more…DIVE IN

A humpback dives

A humpback tale

Find out how one of our brilliant Shorewatch volunteers, and his friend, followed a humpback whale from the Caribbean to Norway, via Scotland. This amazing story shows how social media can help our understanding of whales and dolphins.FULL STORY

A group of orcas

Inspiring global action

Whales and dolphins cross borders and so countries work together to protect them. Before the travel ban, our policy manager, Nicola Hodgins, took part in an international meeting, achieving impressive results for our flippered friends!FIND OUT MORE

Orcas leap

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🐳 Your February whale and dolphin news 🐬 — wdc

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A breaching porpoise

Hi  and welcome to your February whale and dolphin e-news. Have you ever seen a porpoise? I think I have but to be honest, I’ve never been 100% sure that I wasn’t actually looking at a diving bird in the distance!

The smallest in the whale and dolphin family, porpoises are often elusive. Their size and the fact that they barely break the surface when travelling makes them notoriously difficult to spot. My colleague, Charlie Phillips, was incredibly lucky to catch a rare glimpse of a breaching porpoise and capture the moment in the photo above.

But just because we don’t see them very often, we must not forget about them. They are intelligent and characterful individuals who face a whole host of human-made threats. Some populations and even entire species of porpoise are facing extinction because of entanglement in fishing gear.

We’re working hard to protect porpoises and give them a future. You can find out about the work you are supporting in some of the stories below. We’re collaborating with fishers and people trying to develop safer fishing methods and we’re working, through important international conventions, to get better laws put in place to keep porpoises safe.

We’re so grateful for your ongoing support . If you are able to help with an extra donation for porpoises today, we’d be extremely grateful.

Until next month, thank you on behalf of the porpoises and everyone at WDC.

Julia Pix, WDC.

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Bananas and porpoises

No fisher wants to catch a porpoise, yet it happens all too often. Entanglement in fishing gear is the biggest threat facing dolphins, porpoises and whales on the planet today. So we work with people who are looking for innovative solutions, including this little device that looks like a banana.


Breaching porpoise

Porpoises and pigs

Harbour porpoises are shy individuals and notoriously difficult to spot. We’ve got some amazing video for you that takes you into their world. Follow the link below to our species guide to learn why they are called ‚puffing pigs‘ and enjoy this beautiful underwater footage of curious porpoises.


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Conservation action 

WDC’s Nicola Hodgins, is representing dolphins, porpoises and whales at a meeting in India where 130 countries are making decisions on conservation. The actions taken could help save populations like the Iberian and Baltic porpoises from extinction!


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Hope for Iceland?

Whales swam safely in Icelandic waters last summer, making 2019 the first year with no whale hunts since 2002. Things are changing in this beautiful country and we’re increasingly hopeful for an eventual end to whaling and a new relationship with whales.


No standing on dolphins

SeaWorld will stop allowing trainers to surf on dolphins or balance on their noses. Of course, this is some kind of progress and we’re glad they are listening to us, but we really do wonder how anyone thought this was OK in the first place!


Be a Dolphin Defender!

Dolphin Defenders is our new challenge award for children who love whales and dolphins. It’s fun and easy to do, just complete three of our short challenges and let us know about them. We will send you an award certificate and a special dolphin badge.


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🐳 Look what you did for whales and dolphins 🐬 — wdc

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Look what you’ve achieved !

Thank you for being with us in 2019. With your support we’ve done great things for whales and dolphins, so we made this short video for you to celebrate.

Because of you:

  1. Two captive belugas will soon be enjoying their new ocean sanctuary home.
  2. Massive names like Virgin Holidays, British Airways and TripAdvisor ended their support for SeaWorld and any attraction that holds whales and dolphins.
  3. California passed legislation to end the use of harmful fishing driftnets.

And more…

I hope the whales and dolphins in this video will brighten your day.

You should feel proud of what we’ve achieved – we are powerful when we stand together. Every penny you give, every petition you sign and every campaign you share makes a difference. Together, we will create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

On behalf of the whales and dolphins and everyone at WDC, thank you !

Julia Pix, WDC


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🐳 Thank you from the whales and dolphins 🐬

WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Merry Christmas

It’s been another exciting year in the world of whales and dolphins and your support has helped us achieve amazing things!

Together we:

  1. Created the world’s first sanctuary for captive beluga whales in partnership with the SEA LIFE Trust.
  2. Persuaded Virgin Holidays, British Airways and TripAdvisor to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld and other attractions that hold captive whales and dolphins.
  3. Convinced the Scottish government to establish protected areas for whales and dolphins.

and much much more…

On behalf of the whales and dolphins and everyone here at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU for your continued support. Let’s do more great things for whales and dolphins next year!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year,

Julia Pix, WDC.


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Donate today and your gift could be doubled — wdc


Looking for the perfect antidote to the Black Friday offers you’ve been bombarded with recently? Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to reflect on the causes close to our hearts and give a little back.

Will you help us raise £10,000 today? It’s an ambitious target, but we’re off to a great start as generous WDC supporters have kindly pledged to match* your gift to us. Will you help in our fight to end captivity ?


With you by our side, we’ve persuaded some of the biggest companies in the travel industry, such as British Airways and Trip Advisor, to stop promoting facilities that keep whales and dolphins captive. A donation from you today could help us achieve even more in 2020.

Remember, donations up to the value of £4,200 will be matched this Giving Tuesday, meaning a gift £30 could be doubled to £60. 

Thank you for all your incredible support this year .

Cathy Williamson
Policy Manager – End Captivity




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To: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister :: Save NZ Dolphins


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Whale and Dolphin Conservation

We want Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand government to save Māui and Hector’s dolphins.

We are calling for the government to immediately phase out set net and trawl fishing within the dolphins’ habitat around the whole coast of New Zealand.

Why is this important?

Māui dolphins are on the brink of extinction and Hector’s dolphins are heading towards a similar fate if nothing changes. These dolphins are taonga and native to New Zealand, they’re not found anywhere else in the world.

The single greatest threat to Māui and Hector’s dolphins is fishing nets. There used to be around 50,000 Hector’s but now, because of destructive fishing methods, not many more than 10,000 remain. For the critically endangered Māui, it’s even worse. In the 1970s there were around 2,000, now there are fewer than 60 left.

If we don’t act now we risk losing New Zealand dolphins forever. We need to save them, and we hope you will help us!

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), has been working in New Zealand behind-the-scenes for years gathering evidence and garnering political and public support. Now it’s time for all of us to raise our voices and be heard.

Around 110 to 150 New Zealand dolphins die in set nets every year and a similar number in trawls. Set nets are sometimes referred to as ‘walls of death’. They hang in the water, anchored to the sea bed with weights and are stretched across the surface with floats. They are indiscriminate, catching every creature that swims into them.

Trawl nets are dragged through the water by boats and, like the set nets, scoop up whatever and whoever is in their path. Right now Hector’s and Māui dolphins are protected from set nets in just 30% of their habitat and from trawl nets in less than 10%.

But, here’s the great news – if we band together we can protect them and we could save the species. Are you with us?

The New Zealand government is currently working on what’s called a Threat Management Plan for these dolphins – this plan outlines what the government intends to do to look after the dolphins. However the plan is woefully inadequate; the government proposals will allow at least 50 dolphins to die every year in fishing nets. This is unacceptable!

See the plan here:

We’re urging Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to remove these dangerous nets from the dolphins’ home. We’re calling for the New Zealand government to transition our country away from destructive fishing methods, and immediately phase out set net and trawl fishing within the dolphins’ habitat, to the 100 metre depth contour, around the whole coast of the country.

The government must also consult relevant local iwi about implementing a phase out of trawling and set nets in line with the obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

This is our chance to show the government how much we love these dolphins. They are taonga and deserve to survive and thrive. Sign our petition to send the Prime Minister a message and help us save them!

What you can do:
– Write to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, using the automatic form
on our petition page
– Like and share our Facebook/Instagram pages
– Post on social media about NZ dolphins and share it with us
using the hashtag #SaveNZDolphins



We’re facing an extinction emergency and we need YOUR help 

You don’t want to witness a dolphin extinction and neither do we. But I’m sad to say that this is what will happen if we can’t persuade New Zealand’s Prime Minister to take urgent action to save Māui and Hector’s dolphins. Please sign our new petition now.

Māuis are on the brink of extinction. Their cousins, the Hector’s dolphins could be heading towards a similar fate if nothing changes. 

There used to be around 50,000 Hector’s but now, because of destructive fishing methods, not many more than 10,000 remain. For the critically endangered Māui, it’s even worse. In the 1970s there were around 2,000, now there are fewer than 60.

Right now, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government are reviewing a conservation plan for these native dolphins. But the options are weak and would allow at least 50 dolphins to die every year in fishing nets. This is unacceptable!

So we’ve launched a new campaign, on a New Zealand petition site, calling on Prime Minister Ardern to immediately phase-out trawl fishing and set nets from the coastal areas where these precious dolphins live – it’s the only way to save them.

Help us show the world is watching – please sign now before it’s too late.

Thank you  it genuinely means a lot to know we have your support.

With very best wishes on behalf of everyone here at Whale and Dolphin Conservation,

Julia Pix


Orcas spyhopping

Last chance to vote!

Thanks if you’ve already voted for us in the Animal Friends Pet Insurance £100K giveaway! If you haven’t voted yet, please take 30 seconds to do so below. Securing £100,000 will make such a difference to our work. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 24 November.


A humpback showing pectoral fin

Flippin‘ Awesome

Humpbacks off Alaska have been filmed using their flippers to feed. We’ve never seen this before and it seems this lot may be the only whales who do it. If it works for them, they will pass the technique on to others and teach future generations. Amazing!


Orcas in the whale jail

End of whale jail

The infamous ‚whale jail‘ in Russia is now empty. Following outcry from us and others all over the world, the orcas and belugas have been released. We hope they are OK and that this never happens again. It was beyond awful – no whale should suffer like this.


Risso's dolphins leaping

Wonderful dolphin week 

Joelle Davies volunteered to join us to study dolphins in Wales. Here she shares her fascinating story with you. Our research helps us understand these dolphins and what needs to be done to keep them safe. Could you volunteer with us?


Disentanglement training

Working together

Nobody wants to catch a whale or dolphin in their fishing gear. It can be distressing for a fisher if it happens to them. We were proud to be involved with Europe’s first workshop to help fishers avoid entanglements and free trapped whales or dolphins if the worst happens.




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Let us help you get ready for Christmas. We’ve got gift ideas for the whole family. — wdc


Christmas is coming!!

Presents to buy, gifts to wrap, cards to write….

Let us help you, we’ve got lots of great gift ideas for the whole family, recycled gift wrap and reusable gift bags.


Mix yourself a gin £30

Gift bag, ribbon from £2.90

Knitted hoodies £34.50

Scratch & sketch £11.50 each

Whale tail necklace £21.50

Cuddly Wild call Orca £8.95

Adventurer’s kit from £2.50

Tin Shampoo bars £8.50

Dolphin mother & calf £15

Stocking fillers from 50p

Stocking fillers from 50p

Books for everyone from £8.99

Knitted Beanies each £7

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Help Close the Russian Whale Jail

Dave Phillips, Save Dolphins and Whales



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Your interest and support fuel our efforts to protect dolphins and whales around the globe. Here are updates from a few of our current campaigns.


We are playing a key role in responding to the shocking, unprecedented, and brutal captures of wild orcas and beluga whales in Russian waters. It’s the largest single capture of orcas and belugas in history, and we need your help.

Eleven orcas and 90 belugas were captured and placed in small holdingOrcas in Icy pens in Russia pens in the Russian port of Nakhodka, on Russia’s Pacific Coast. They’re now hundreds of miles from where they were caught and stripped from their families. 1 orca and 3 belugas from the group have since gone missing.

The orcas and belugas in the Russian “whale jail” are in danger, and we are pressing the Russian government to end this travesty. We’ve helped generate worldwide outrage leading to a cancellation of the original plan to sell them all to captive parks in China. But more must be done.

They must be released to their home waters where they were captured. The Kremlin has not yet decided on the fate of the whales, and is contemplating a dangerous plan to release them where they are now, far from their homes. 

Belugas and Orcas in Russian pens

Your can help our team keep the pressure on and demand action. We’ve also pulled together a group of 25 marine mammal experts to urgently request that Russian orca captures be banned permanently. We’re working closely with grassroots groups in Russia and around the world to free these whales.
Closing the Russian “whale jail” is only one part of our campaign to end the capture and captivity of dolphins and whales.


For more than 50 years, the US company, SeaWorld, has been the driving force behind the myth that holding orcas and smaller dolphins in concrete tanks doing tricks for human entertainment is humane. Enough is enough.

We are moving forward with a federal court lawsuit against SeaWorld’s unfair business practices and false advertising. We are forcing them to disclose information that they’ve kept hidden.

Orcas at SeaWorld; photo by Mark J. Palmer



SeaWorld claims that orcas are „happy“ and „thrive“ in captivity. With this lawsuit, we’re pulling back the veil to show the cruel reality of what life is like for orcas in captivity. The case is scheduled to come to trial this October.
We are also suing the US Trump Administration to get the necropsy reports for orca deaths at SeaWorld, including Tilikum, the orca at the center of the film Blackfish. We believe these records must be made public and will reveal causes of death and other information demonstrating the health and welfare threats to orcas from lives in tanks.

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At the end of February, yet another bloody hunt season for Taiji dolphins ended. Tragically, the number of dolphins killed this year has risen.

The killing is subsidized by the sale of some captured dolphins to aquariums, while most of the rest of the are killed for meat. A trained wild dolphin can bring $150,000 or more on the world market. Dolphins off the coast of Japan pay a terrible price for this trade.

In 2020, Tokyo will host the summer Olympics. We are working to bring pressure to bear on the Japanese government to end the killing of dolphins and whales permanently before the games begin.The world spotlight will be on Japan, and the Olympics could cause international embarrassment over the barbaric slaughter and their recent decision to quit the International Whaling Commission and begin rogue commercial killing of whales.

Your donations can help end the plight of orcas and belugas in Russia and get them back to their families and home waters.

We can force SeaWorld to tell the truth, end the keeping of orcas in tanks, and retire them to seaside sanctuaries.

And we can continue to shine a spotlight on the Japanese government and press for an end to all killing of dolphins and whales.

Your donation of $35, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford will help us fight back.

A monthly donation of $10 or more is a great way to take action, and you will be eligible to receive a special campaign gift. 

Thanks so much for all you can do to help dolphins live wild and free.


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🐳 Your April whale and dolphin news 🐬

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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.

Julia Pix

Watching for whales on Bardsey Island

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.


Sperm whales dive

Extraordinary encounters

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.


Supporting a move to whale watching

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!


What we think these prehistoric whales looked like

Wow! Walking whale found

Scientists have unearthed the fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale who had webbed feet and hooves.


One of the belugas

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!


Common dolphins

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.


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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.


Gerry Turley Whale Poster

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.


Wild Route to Freedom

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.



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