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🐬 All your whale and dolphin news — WDC

Join us on 21st April, plus how you are saving whales and dolphins

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humpback whale

Welcome to your whale and dolphin news 

Planet Earth needs whales. You need whales. These climate giants play an enormous role in fighting the climate and biodiversity crises, so we’re joining The Big One in London on 21st April. Organisations and individuals will gather throughout Westminster and at the Houses of Parliament to send a united message to government that we need to protect our planet. 

Will you join us there? We’ll email you with more details soon, but this is to get a note in your diary that we’d love to see you.

30 years captivity free

Did you know that this month marks 30 years since the last dolphinarium closed in the UK? We’re going to be celebrating 30 years captivity free with you throughout 2023, whilst urging the government to end it forever by making it illegal. Watch this space.

As always, thank you so much for your support, however you choose to give it.

Julia Pix

Captive dolphin

30 years captivity free

This poor dolphin was held at Windsor Safari Park. Although it’s been three decades since the last dolphin show closed in the UK, it’s not illegal to hold captive whales and dolphins here and UK holidaymakers still visit these cruel attractions abroad.


Orca Kiska

Swim free Kiska

I’m so sad to tell you that the orca described as ‚the world’s loneliest whale‘ has died at Marineland, Canada. She spent four decades in captivity having been taken from her family when she was just three.



Great products just in

We’ve got fabulous new items waiting for you in our online shop, including some great books for the whale and dolphin fans in your life or just as a treat to yourself.


Fishers on a boat

Porpoises and people

Your support has enabled us to fund a project in Hong Kong that’s working with fishing communities to help save the vulnerable finless porpoises who share the sea with them.


Hannah Gold

Talking whales

We’re thrilled to have Hannah Gold supporting whales and dolphins as our new ambassador. Get yourself a cuppa and enjoy her conversation with fellow author and WDC director Chris Vick.


High Seas Treaty

The high seas are the vast areas of ocean that are outside any national borders and you may have seen in the news that United Nations members have finally agreed a treaty that will help protect them. 


WDC's Vicki and Ed

Walking for whales

Our Climate Giants team Vicki and Ed believe in their work so passionately they are walking 127 miles to raise money. Will you sponsor them? You’ll fund brilliant projects proving the enormous role whales play in fighting the climate crisis.


Collectable cards

Philanthropy cards startup philropy, and environmentalist photographer Prince Hussain Aga Khan have joined forces to create the official collectible card featuring Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Get yours now.


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Help safeguard whales, dolphins and their habitats today? — WDC

Today is Giving Tuesday.

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Protect Risso's dolphins

Firstly, I wanted to say thank you so much, your support reminds us that so many people like you care about protecting whales and dolphins.

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes that mean so much. I hope you may be able to help with a project which is close to my heart, our citizen science project, Shorewatch. I have the joy of working with over 200 Shorewatch volunteers who take part in 10-minute land-based surveys for whales and dolphins off the coast of Scotland. My wish is to expand this project to recruit and train more volunteers. 

We have already secured over half the funds. A small gift from you will take us closer to being able to expand Shorewatch and help safeguard whale and dolphin habitats around Scotland. Can you help today?


My favourite species are the Risso’s dolphins, whose big, unique, scar-covered bodies are regularly seen around the Isle of Lewis.  Together, with our Shorewatch volunteers and WDC researchers, we have catalogued around 300 individual Risso’s dolphins and determined that they use this area as a year-round feeding and breeding ground.  In 2020, this hard work led to the Scottish government designating these waters as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) for Risso’s dolphins. But we can’t stop there.

A donation will help protect all species that use this MPA and discover what other species use this area through our Shorewatch volunteers.

We need to raise £40,000 and have already secured £26,000 to support our fieldwork in the Isle of Lewis thanks to RS Macdonald and NatureScot, so your donation today will have an even bigger impact.


​We know times are challenging right now, but we wanted to let you know we are so incredibly grateful for your support .

Katie Dyke, Shorewatch Coordinator

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🐋 Your October whale and dolphin news — WDC

You helped keep the ban on hunting whales

Our expert team has been at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission. This is where governments make decisions about the conservation of whales.

We were campaigning to make sure the ban on commercial whaling was upheld – and we succeeded. We were also convincing policymakers that we need to save the whale to save the world.

It’s your support that gets us to these meetings where huge decisions are made. Ed Goodall (meet him in the video above) and the team asked me to say a heartfelt ‚thank you so much‘ for the financial and moral support you give them.

Until next month,

Julia Pix

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Have you signed yet?

More than 12,000 people have added their names to our letter to travel giant TUI, asking them to help make this generation of captive whales and dolphins the last. There’s still time to sign!


Shop with us.

Shop with us today

This stunning t-shirt has been designed exclusively for WDC and comes in a choice of colours. It’s just one of the designs in our online shop. Shop with us today knowing that your money is helping whales and dolphins.


Orca Tilikum in tank

Stories from the dark side

Whales and dolphins are too intelligent, too social and too mobile for life in a tank. Witnessing the impact captivity has had on the mental health of individual whales and dolphins really makes this fact hit home. Hear some of their stories.


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Win £1,000 in our raffle

The Christmas raffle is now open. Just click the button below to play and help protect whales and dolphins. You’ll be in with the chance to win £1,000!  Play by 13 January 2023. Over 18+ and T&Cs apply.


Why do whales strand?

If you’ve seen the heartbreaking images of pilot whales on New Zealand beaches, you might be wondering why whales and dolphins get into trouble like this. It’s WDC scientist Nicola Hodgins’s job to try to answer these questions.


fin whale

Watching the whalers

With our conservation partner in Iceland, Hard To Port, we raised the alarm with government officials that fired harpoons were failing to explode, prolonging the fin whales‘ agony. The fisheries minister made onboard monitoring compulsory.



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There’s another way you can help end captivity for good — WDC

Can you help stop captivity for good?

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Dolphin performing while in captivity

Can you help end the mental health crisis of captive whales and dolphins with a donation today?

Together, we have already persuaded Virgin Holidays, British Airways, Thomas Cook, TripAdvisor and to stop selling tickets to captive whale and dolphin attractions and Expedia followed last year.

But there’s still more to do. Instead of signing our open letter to TUI, can you make a donation today to help persuade tour operators to stop funding this cruel practice?


We cannot fight for the mental and physical freedom of whales and dolphins without you. If everyone who received my letter gave a donation of £15, it would help to:

  • Communicate your concerns to TUI at the World Travel Market,the leading international travel event
  • Present to ABTA, the UK’s largest travel association, to ensure industry welfare guidelines stipulate ALL captive dolphin experiences are unacceptable
  • Help tour operators phase out whale and dolphin exploitation and ensure captive individuals no longer have to perform
  • Prevent the construction of new captive attractions by applying public pressure, lobbying authorities and implementing tighter in-country welfare legislation
  • Work with tour operators and dolphin facilities to create coastal sanctuaries where captive whales and dolphins can ‘retire’ or be released

On behalf of whales and dolphins across the globe, thank you for helping to uncover the dark side of captivity,

Rob Lott, End Captivity campaign lead


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🐋Your September Whale and Dolphin news

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Have you joined our new campaign yet?

Welcome to your September enews. Before you read on, please take a moment to sign our letter to TUI if you haven’t already (if you have – thank you!). It’ll only take you a few moments.

We need more people to sign to show the world’s largest travel company, TUI, that the public will support them if they choose to help end whale and dolphin captivity. Thank you! 


I hope you are enjoying your latest issue of Whale & Dolphin magazine. If you’re not subscribed yet, head over to our website and sign up by adopting a whale or dolphin.

On behalf of everyone here at WDC, thank you for your continued support. It means so much to us in these challenging times. Together, we will keep fighting for a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

Julia Pix.

This is Kiska.

See the world through her eyes and help us uncover the dark side of captivity.


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Uncovering the dark side

Rob Lott leads our work to end captivity – you may have read some emails from him recently. Follow the link below to learn more from Rob about why captivity is so bad for whales‘ and dolphins‘ mental health.


Kahuna and her son Adan

RIP Kohana

Kohana was the third orca to die in 18 months at Loro Parque in Tenerife. She was just 20 years old. She’d been held at the park since she was taken from her mother, aged four, and moved there from SeaWorld with three other young orcas.


Dougie Poynter

The Whale Watchers

The brilliant Dougie Poynter from McFly is passionate about the natural world, so our partners at BRITA commissioned him to write children’s book, The Whale Watchers. A minimum of 25% of the profits come to WDC.


One for the kids

Have you introduced the children in your life to our new(ish) website just for kids? It’s packed with fun facts and mind-blowing whale and dolphin knowledge. Take a look.


Sperm whales

Ocean protection needed

Most of the ocean falls beyond human country borders. The high seas are home to some of Earth’s last wildernesses and countless whales and dolphins, but as they are not the responsibility of any country, who protects them?


Two Atlantic white-sided dolphins

Remembering lives lost

A year on from the massacre of 1,423 dolphins in the Faroe Islands, we reflect on what’s changed. Despite protests from within the Faroes and international condemnation, including our 1.3-million-strong petition, things have got worse. 


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There’s still time to help to end captivity for good — WDC

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Illustration of a depressed dolphin in captivity

We need your help today

The world is a dark place for captive whales and dolphins. Today we launch a major new campaign to shine a light on the dark side of captivity. Please support by signing a letter to TUI.


Depressed. Drugged. Desperate. See the world through a captive whale or dolphin’s eyes and help uncover the #DarkSideofCaptivty.

Whales and dolphins like Kiska (pictured below) are intelligent, emotional, social, far-travelling beings. Like us, their mental health suffers when they are confined to the same space, day after day and their choice about how to spend their days is removed.

Yet they are torn from the wild, kept in tanks and exhibited for our entertainment. Many are still forced to perform in shows or interact with tourists in so-called ‘bucket list’ activities like swim-with-the-dolphins experiences.

Holiday companies fuel this whale and dolphin mental health crisis by promoting these ‘attractions’ to their customers. 

Orca in a tank

This is Kiska. See the world through her eyes and help us uncover the #DarkSideOfCaptivty

Thanks to your support, we have already persuaded Virgin Holidays, British Airways, Thomas Cook, TripAdvisor and to stop selling tickets to captive whale and dolphin attractions and Expedia followed last year. Now we need your help again to convince TUI to shake off the cruel past and pioneer a kinder, more sustainable future for tourism.

Since we presented TUI with a petition in April, signed by more than 20,000 of you, we have been talking with them about how we can help them to promote an ethical phase-out of captivity. Please sign the letter to show them you care.

Thank you for your support. It means the world to know that captive whales and dolphins can count on you. Together, we can make sure this captive generation is the last.

Rob Lott, End Captivity campaign lead


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🐋 Your July whale and dolphin news 🐬

How awesome are whales? Find out in our video. Plus your latest whale and dolphin news.

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Welcome to your July enews 

Will we ever be able to communicate with whales and dolphins? Do they have emotions? Do they dream? Can we save them? These are some of the great questions our experts – WDC’s Philippa Brakes and conservation biologist Joe Roman – attempt to answer in this video. It’s part of our Reinventing the whale series which takes you on a deep dive into the fascinating world of the whale.


We never stop being amazed by whales and dolphins. Humans have just recorded a sighting of a live Sato’s beaked whale for the very first time, and fin whales are returning to their old Antarctic feeding grounds as they start to recover from 20th century whaling. 

Some days working in whale and dolphin conservation are tougher than others. Dealing with the ever-present horrors of hunting and captivity can grind us down, but we are inspired by three things and they are what motivate us: 

  1. Whales and dolphins are awesome and deserve protection
  2. We CAN save them
  3. We have the best supporters in the world by our side to help us

On behalf of all of us at WDC, thanks for being with us.

Julia Pix

Massive thanks to the brilliant team at 39 Pictures for their support with the films.

OrcaLab camera

Thank you

We asked for your help to buy a camera for our friends at OrcaLab, Canada. This camera will allow the team to continue monitoring orcas as they play at a culturally important rubbing beach. You helped to raise more than £4,500 in just three days! The camera will soon be installed and we’ll send an update to everyone who donated. 

A minke whale surfaces

Norway whale experiments

The cruel hearing tests are over for another year. Thank you to all of you who protested. No whales were tested but one little whale was caught and trapped. He became so stressed they had to release him. This has to stop.


Atlantic white-sided dolphins

Devastating for dolphins

The outcome of the Faroese government’s review of dolphin hunting is sickening. Instead of banning the hunts, they have potentially sentenced even more dolphins to death by allowing the slaughter of 500 dolphins every year.


Dougie Poynter and book

The Whale Watchers

The brilliant Dougie Poynter from McFly is passionate about the natural world, so our partners at BRITA commissioned him to write children’s book, The Whale Watchers. A minimum of 25% of the profits come to WDC.


WDC at the climate march

Climate giants

We’ve been at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon making sure decision-makers understand the vital role whales play in fighting climate breakdown. We need to protect whales as if our lives depend on it … because they do.


A fin whale

Whales in agony

Graphic images coming out of Iceland show fin whales being dragged ashore with the unexploded grenade harpoons still embedded in their flesh. We’re calling on Iceland’s fisheries ministers to stop whale hunting immediately.


Swim for whales

‚The best day ever!‘

That’s how our amazing fundraisers described taking part in Swim Serpentine last year. Do you want to take on one of the UK’s most iconic swim events? We only have a handful of places left. Enquire by email today to register your interest in this wild swim challenge. 


Inspiring young people

Inspiring young people

In partnership with Itza, we are delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new digital education experience which dives into the wonderful world of whales. We hope to inspire and empower thousands of young people around to world to protect them. 


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🐋 Your June whale and dolphin news 🐬

We urge Norway’s prime minister to stop cruel whale experiments

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

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition on calling on Norway’s Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre to stop cruel experiments on young minke whales.

We tried to get a Norwegian minister to accept the petition but we were met with refusal after refusal. So, our petition starter Vicky Moens made this heartfelt video and we sent a Norwegian version directly to the PM’s office, representing almost 100,000 of you.

We need to keep up the pressure and you can help by sending an email or tweet. It’s all set up for you on our action page and will take just a couple of minutes.

In other news, our team is at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon this week talking to policymakers about the vital roles whales play in our fight against the climate crisis. I’ll let you know how we got on in next month’s enews.

Until then, on behalf of all of us at WDC, thank you for your support – we wouldn’t be here to do any of this without you and we are truly grateful you are with us.

Julia Pix


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Dolphin splash

Win £1,000 this summer!

Just a couple of weeks left to play our raffle. Enter by 22 July 2022 for your chance to win £1,000 or one of 27 other cash prizes. Help protect UK whales and dolphins. Play for just £1 for your chance to win. Over 18s only. T&C apply.


WDC team at Houses of Parliament

Talking whales with MPs

The ocean is our life support system and largest carbon sink, yet looking after it is a blind spot for governments, policymakers and funders. We need action and leadership to change that, so we took our message to parliament.


Scientist with whale poo sample

The power of poo

We need to save the whale to save the world. So we’re gathering the scientific evidence to prove it … and it’s very smelly! Whale poo helps fight climate breakdown so we need to convince policymakers to protect whales.


Humpback whale

How whales can save us

We’ve been talking a lot about whales as climate giants – our allies in the fight against the climate crisis. But how exactly do they help us? We explain the science in simple terms – it’s mind-blowing!


Marathon runners

Run for whales & dolphins 

We have limited places remaining in the Virtual London Marathon – including some international places. This event helps us raise funds to protect whales and dolphins across the globe. Are you up for the challenge? 


Black Sea bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins in Ukraine

Rare, threatened dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine’s coast. Large numbers of them are dying as a result of military activity. They are victims of the war, along with the researchers who study them.


Fin whaLe

Fin whales killed

Fin whales have been killed by Icelandic whalers in the first hunt in four years. It is astounding, as well as utterly despicable,  that an aging millionaire continues to hunt fin whales as a hobby. We still hope the cruel practice will end in 2023.


Leaping dolphins

BBC Wildlife partnership

We are proud to be BBC Wildlife magazine’s whale and dolphin experts. We’ll be amazing their readers with info about the 28 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises who live in or travel through UK seas.


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🐋 Your April whale and dolphin news 🐬

Thank you so much!

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we are lucky to have the best supporters in the world. On behalf of all of us at WDC, and the whales and dolphins we speak up for, I wanted to thank you for getting behind our campaigns.

Today, our End Captivity campaigner Rob Lott is representing more than 20,000 of you as he takes our Lockdown Never Ends petition to TUI’s corporate office in Berlin and asks the world’s largest tour operator to stop supporting cruel whale and dolphin captivity.

I also want to thank you for supporting our Not In Our Nets campaign by tweeting and emailing in your thousands to urge ministers to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing gear in UK seas.

Your support is vital for campaigns like these. Politicians have to take notice of what the voting public wants, and big corporations like TUI respond to customer pressure. There is strength in numbers and we are more powerful when we show that we represent you, our brilliant supporters.

I’ll update you on both of these major campaigns next month. In the meantime, thank you from all of us for standing up for whales and dolphins.

Julia Pix, WDC

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This humpback whale died off the coast of Scotland. You can see the fishing rope and pot tangled around his flipper. Sarah Dolman leads our work to prevent deaths in nets and she explains why the time for UK government action is now.


Little steps for whales

At the first sanctuary for whales who have been held captive for entertainment, the expert care team are excited. A new development will help ensure a safe and successful transition for the whales from the sea care pools to the main sea bay.


Orca beach secrets

Rubbing on pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Cameras allow our partners at OrcaLab to take you right into the orcas‘ fascinating, hidden world.


First blood

Norway’s whalers slaughtered the first minke whale of their hunt season on 11th April. Last year they killed 575 whales, making it the deadliest whaling season since 2016. Sixteen vessels have registered to hunt this year.


Games offer

We’ve teamed up with Humble Bundle, a games and entertainment software company providing awesome affordable content whilst donating proceeds to charity. For a limited time, you can get an incredible Dungeon Defenders legendary games collection. Pay what you want and every purchase supports our work! 


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🐋 Your March whale and dolphin news 🐬 — WDC

UK dolphins, porpoises and whales need your help 

More than 1,000 dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear in UK seas every year. That’s a shocking number, but what’s even more shocking is that our governments know what they need to do to save them.

Tell ministers this isn’t good enough and that you expect urgent action.


It’s easy to have your say – just follow the link to our action page where you can send our ready-made email and/or a prepared tweet.

Getting tangled in fishing gear is a horrible way to die. We know how to prevent this suffering, yet around 1,000 porpoises, hundreds of dolphins and at least 32 minke whales and six humpback whales die this way in UK waters every year. Government action could stop these awful deaths.

A public consultation on this issue is open until 12th April, so NOW is our chance to tell government ministers they MUST do better.

It’ll take less than five minutes of your time but could save the lives of whales and dolphins around the UK.

Thank you for your support – it means a lot.

Julia Pix, WDC


She deserved better

This young dolphin died in a fishing net off the coast of Cornwall last year. Our governments have known for 30 years that dolphins are dying in nets in huge numbers in UK seas. But they have failed to act to save them. 


Welsh turbine trouble

A proposal for underwater tidal turbines in an area where porpoises and Risso’s dolphins come to feed and raise their newborns is threatening the West Wales Marine Special Area of Conservation and the wildlife it protects.


Get drastic on plastic

You’ve seen pictures of plastic litter on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating rubbish and you’ve probably wondered if and how we could ever clean up this mess.


Show’s over for Lolita

The orca known as Lolita or Tokitae will no longer perform at Miami Seaquarium. Held captive for over 50 years, and alone for 42 of them, her life has been far from the one she should have enjoyed in the ocean.


Fin whales in danger

The man behind Iceland’s fin whaling company has hit back at announcements that Icelandic whale hunting could be ending for good. He’s told media that he hopes to slaughter fin whales this summer.


Wine, whales and planet

Waipapa Bay are the latest to join our Climate Giant Project. Find out more about our partnership and how to get your hands on their delicious wine.


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