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,
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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!
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.
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?
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.