Schlagwort-Archive: WHALE

🐬 All your whale and dolphin news — WDC

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

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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

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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.


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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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The Pressure Is on the Miami Seaquarium to Release ‘The Loneliest Whale’ Into a Seaside Sanctuary

The Miami Beach City Commission has unanimously passed Mayor Philip Levine’s resolution calling on the Miami Seaquarium to release the aquarium’s lone orca, Lolita, immediately into a seaside sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest.

In an Instagram post, Mayor Levine said that he’s now asking all other Florida mayors to join him in urging the Miami Seaquarium to do the right thing.

Along with thousands of activists, Mayor Levine has been calling on the aquarium to release Lolita into a more spacious habitat for years.

Lolita’s story is heartbreaking. At only 4 years old, she was torn away from her family and ocean home during the largest capture of wild orcas in history. Humans abducted her and six other orcas and sold them to marine parks as mere commodities.

The Miami Seaquarium purchased the 7,000-pound orca for only $6,000 to confine her for fleeting human entertainment.

She’s the sole survivor of the horrifying capture and has spent the past 47 years in the world’s tiniest orca tank—which violates the federal Animal Welfare Act’s minimum size requirements.

Lolita spends her days floating listlessly in her barren tank. She has no mental, physical, or emotional stimulation and no opportunity to engage in any natural types of behavior, like communicating with others of her species. She currently shares her tank with a few Pacific white-sided dolphins, who frequently attack her, and has no orca companions. In 1980, her former orca tankmate, Hugo, killed himself after repeatedly smashing his head into the walls of the tank.

But there’s hope! A protected coastal sea pen off Washington’s San Juan Islands would allow her to experience greater freedom of movement and give her the opportunity to see and communicate with the orca believed to be her mother and the rest of her long-lost family members, who still spend much of their time in the area.

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Orca Tank Image: Drones For Animal Defense | Sea Pen Image: © 2015 Google | © 2015 Europa Technologies 

Join Mayor Levine and countless other compassionate people in asking Parques Reunidos (whose U.S. subsidiary, Palace Entertainment, owns the Miami Seaquarium) to give Lolita her freedom and immediately release her into a coastal sanctuary that can provide her with a more natural environment.

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