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Christmas is coming!

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Whales at Christmas


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Encyclopedia of whales, dolphins and porpoises

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Bronze hedgehog

Stocking fillers


Your August whale and dolphin news

Why whales and dolphins deserve protection plus a ticket giveaway

News from the world of whales and dolphins


Why do you care about whales and dolphins? We agree that whales and dolphins are remarkable. But why are they so important? Why do we need to end captivity, stop whaling, prevent their deaths in fishing gear, and protect areas of ocean?

There are lots of reasons to protect whales and dolphins, but two in particular underpin everything we do at WDC:

The first is simple, whales and dolphins have the right to exist without human interference. The second reason is quite mind-blowing – whales are our allies in the fight against climate change. Saving whales will help us save the planet!

You can find out more on our website. It’s worth reflecting on, so next time someone asks you ‚what’s so special about whales and dolphins then ?‘, you’ll have the answer up your sleeve.

Thank you helping us protect them.

Julia Thoms

WDC campaigns manager

Why protect whales and dolphins?
Common dolphins in UK seas

We need your help!

On 6 September, we will hand over our petition to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing gear in UK seas. We’re hosting an event at Westminster and have invited all MPs. Please email your MP and encourage her or him to come along.
Humpback whale painting

Free ticket giveaway

Win a family ticket to the new exhibition, ‚Whales: Beneath the surface‘, at the Natural History Museum in London. See over 100 amazing specimens, hunt like a whale in a fun echolocation game and discover the evolutionary story of whales and dolphins. Closing date: 17 September 2017

A minke whale

Wow! Slow-mo dolphins

Have a look at this slowed down clip of dolphins hunting salmon in Scotland. You’ll see the dolphin, named Zephyr, isn’t completely happy about the way that the fish is positioned in her throat, so she ejects the fish and tries again. Awesome.

Animal Friends Facebook competition

Help WDC win a Facebook competition for up to £20,000!

WDC needs your help! Follow the link below to Animal Friends Facebook post and ‚react‘ to it with a 😆 emoticon (instead of a thumbs up). Read the post for more details – thanks!

Fourth Element Competition

Win a t-shirt from the WDC & Fourth Element Range! 

Enter our competition to win a fantastic whale t-shirt made by Fourth Element. Simply tell us why you think it’s important to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the ocean.

Neuigkeit zur Petition: Two dolphins were being made to entertain (not educate) visitors

Yayasan Scorpion Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesien

12. Aug. 2017 — Dolphin show by Wersut Seguni Indonesia Corp. Two dolphins were being made to entertain (not educate) visitors, by performing tricks in what can only be described as a tiny pool full of chlorinated water.

Imagine: Dolphins, born and adapted to swim freely in limitless, chlorine-free oceans; forced instead to swim endlessly in circles in this pool until one day, they die

A video footage captured on 29th July, 2017 in Palembang, South Sumatera




Orange Bowl Exploits Dolphins for a Football Game

The Capital One Orange Bowl is an annual college football game in Miami that continues to promote the Miami Seaquarium by having a dolphin „choose“ the game’s winner. If given the chance, dolphins would choose freedom, and when it comes to the Miami Seaquarium, there are only losers.

For more than 46 years, the park has confined an orca name Lolita—aka „the World’s Loneliest Orca“—to what is currently the smallest and oldest orca tank in the U.S. She was abducted from her family in the wild when she was about 4 years old and hasn’t seen another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, repeatedly rammed his head into the tank wall until he died.


Video: Dolphins Won’t Leave Their Dead Friend’s Side

J.R. Waits

about a month ago

Incredibly sad sight in harbor. Two dolphin trying to revive a dead one. I didn’t see any boat marks but had some skin peeled back. The other two were not giving up. If reincarnation is true, I so want to come back as a dolphin. They are God’s greatest creation.
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In one of the most heartbreaking videos of 2017,💔 you can see what appears to be two dolphin friends working together to attempt to revive or help another dolphin, who was found dead.😭 This video helps to give some insight into how extremely intelligent and complex dolphins actually are.🐬 Dolphins communicate with each other through distinct whistles and body language, they live together in pods, and they even pass on their own family histories.

While dolphins in the wild swim vast distances every day with their extended families, playing and exploring new territory together, SeaWorld confines them to tiny tanks, and they see very little each day other than the same dreary concrete walls.😟Dolphins navigate by echolocation, but in pools, the reverberations from their own sonar just bounce off the walls.

SeaWorld exploits dolphins’ intelligence by forcing them to learn and perform cheap tricks, which have proved harmful and even fatal to the animals. More than 300 🐬 and🐋, not including orcas, have died on SeaWorld’s watch, many of them prematurely.


J.R. Waits, the person who posted the video, later posted an update saying that “from NOAA states the adult female dolphin that I found in Charleston Harbor appears to have died from being caught in a rope (human interaction).”

What You Can Do

Keep your distance if you see dolphins in the wild, never go to SeaWorld, and urge your friends to stay away, too. Demand that the theme park release the animals held captive there to sea sanctuaries.

Your May Whale and Dolphin news

How you can help stop whaling and some great news on our campaign to end captivity.

News from the world of whales and dolphins


Sometimes we need to remind ourselves how far we’ve come. It’s easy to get weighed down by the bad things and forget about our achievements. I remember when there were still captive dolphins in the UK and when most people didn’t question places like SeaWorld. We’ve come a long way together since then!

We’ve made giant strides in our campaign to stop UK holiday companies supporting whale and dolphin captivity.

British Airways still refuses to listen, but big players like Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook and TripAdvisor are more progressive and have begun making radical changes. We’re so grateful to you and all our wonderful supporters for standing with us to show these companies that people care.

Little White the beluga whale

And in more good news…

The beluga whale in the picture above is Little White and we are getting nearer to the day we will release her, Jun Jun (pictured below) and Little Grey into their new sea sanctuary home.

As we speak, they are in the care of experts who are helping them prepare for the upheaval and stress of transportation and for the challenges they will face once they are ‚home‘, such as colder water and having to hunt for their own food again. It’s not unlike the training astronauts have to go through before going to the International Space Station! Read all about it below.

Until then, thank you for being part of WDC. We couldn’t be here for whales and dolphins without you.

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

Jun Jun, one of the beluga whales preparing for sanctuary

Closer to sanctuary

I’m so excited about our project to create the world’s first sanctuary for ex-captive beluga whales. Jun Jun (pictured), Little White and Little Grey are preparing for their new lives. To get them mentally and physically ready is a lot of work, but it’s worth it!

Wild dolphins leaping

We’ve come a long way

Unlike the dinosaurs at British Airways, other, more open-minded travel companies are listening to you. We are advising Virgin and TripAdvisor, and Thomas Cook is auditing all the captive facilities on its books.

Gamers for orcas

New ways to fundraise

Join our 24 hour gaming fundraiser on 9 June. Anyone who loves playing games can set up their own gaming marathon. You can take part on a console, a phone or even play board games. You can game alone or with friends, online or in person! Interested?

A dolphin in a net

Campaign update

We’ve been busy since we launched our campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in nets in UK waters. Have a read of my blog to find out what our team has been doing to influence decision-makers in the UK and in Europe.

Plus, even more ways you can help …

Kolgraf orca 100 Credit: Rob Lott

Play our Summer Raffle

Take part in the raffle and you could win £1,000*. Play with as little as £1, and you could win one of seven cash prizes worth £2,000. All proceeds go towards our orca captivity work.

Humpback - Lisa Barrett

Shop on eBay!

To celebrate World Ocean’s Day on Thursday 8 June, are enabling shoppers to donate to WDC at the checkout, through the PayPal giving fund.

Your March whale and dolphin news

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News from the world of whales and dolphins


I’ve got some good news and some sad news for you this month. I also wanted to say a massive ‚thank you‘ for your support – it is truly appreciated and makes a big difference for whales and dolphins.

If you haven’t done so already, please sign our petition below and before I get on with sharing the news with you, I thought you might enjoy this picture, snapped by my colleague Charlie, of dolphins having fun in the wild in Scotland…

A humpback whale

With very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager

A common dolphin in a net

Sign our Care2 petition

Thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear in UK seas every year. We need to protect them. If you haven’t signed our petition yet, please take a few seconds to do it now. If you already have – THANK YOU!


Fin whale hunt called off

Iceland’s main whale hunter has announced there will be no fin whale slaughter in Iceland this summer, saving the lives of up to 184 endangered whales. This is fantastic news. My colleague Vanessa explains how you helped make this happen.

Richard Branson as Poseidon

Virgin listened to you

We celebrate another leap forward in our campaign to stop UK holiday companies supporting whale and dolphin captivity. Virgin Holidays has listened to you and won’t sign up any new attractions that feature whales and dolphins for ‚entertainment‘.

Yogscast and Hat Films on the Moray Firth

Hunters target pregnant whales

A new documentary makes the shocking revelation that around 90% of the minke whales killed by Norwegian hunters are female, and the majority of them are pregnant.

Great Swim Series

Swim for WDC’s Team Orca!

There’s still time so sign up and take part in the Great London or North Swim 2017 and help raise money for WDC’s international whale and dolphin conservation projects.

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Mother’s Day gift inspirations

Every mum deserves a special treat for Mother’s Day and we’ve got some lovely new gift ideas. Every penny you spend goes to help whales and dolphins around the world.

UK dolphins need you !

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UK dolphins, porpoises and whales need your help

Whales and dolphins can’t breathe underwater. Trapped in a net, they will panic, just like you would. Many endure terrible wounds and broken bones as they try to escape. When they can’t struggle anymore, they will close their blowhole and suffocate.

Will you help keep them safe by signing our petition on Care2 now? 

Thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear every year in UK seas. Most of the protection they have comes from the EU. But, after Brexit they won’t even have that. What then? Even more could die.

I know you’ve helped our campaigns before and I hope we can count on you again. Your support is incredibly valuable. Please spare a few seconds to sign this important petition. Urge the governments of the UK to put laws in place to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales once Britain leaves the EU.

We can win this campaign if we all stand together, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at the petition site, Care2. We must show Ministers that people care about dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in UK seas.

Thank you for taking a few moments to sign. It’s a simple thing to do but can make a big difference. Let’s stop the suffering.

Thank you

With my very best wishes,

Julia Thoms, WDC campaigns manager


Tell the San Diego Bowl Game Association That There’s Nothing Sporting About SeaWorld!

Tell the San Diego Bowl Game Association That There’s Nothing Sporting About SeaWorld!

The San Diego Bowl Game Association continues to partner with SeaWorld by promoting the abusement park during its Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl, with advertising on its website, and by hosting team trips to SeaWorld—despite hearing from PETA that 37 orcas have died and that the orcas and other marine animals imprisoned there exhibit abnormal aggressive and repetitive behavior because of their confinement.

Following the release of Blackfish, which exposed the park’s abuse of animals to the public, SeaWorld laid off more than 300 employees, its stock dropped more than 50 percent, and its attendance plummeted. In a little more than a year, six high-ranking executives, including its CEO, have resigned, and the company has admitted to corporate espionage.

Three more whales died in just six months in 2015—all far short of their natural life expectancies—and Tilikum, the orca who was the subject of Blackfish, is reportedly near death.

As a result of the backlash, SeaWorld announced an end to its sordid orca breeding program. While an end to captive orca breeding is a good first step, it’s not enough. SeaWorld continues to confine orcas to tiny concrete tanks and refuses to build coastal sanctuaries where these animals could enjoy some semblance of a natural life.

Please tell the San Diego Bowl Game Association that there is nothing sporting about confining orcas and other marine animals to tiny concrete tanks! Then follow up by calling 619-285-5061 and letting the association know that a good sportsperson would never promote animal abuse.