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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.
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.
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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.
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!
WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE
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!
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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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