Schlagwort-Archive: WHALES

🐳 Thank you from the whales and dolphins 🐬

WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Merry Christmas

It’s been another exciting year in the world of whales and dolphins and your support has helped us achieve amazing things!

Together we:

  1. Created the world’s first sanctuary for captive beluga whales in partnership with the SEA LIFE Trust.
  2. Persuaded Virgin Holidays, British Airways and TripAdvisor to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld and other attractions that hold captive whales and dolphins.
  3. Convinced the Scottish government to establish protected areas for whales and dolphins.

and much much more…

On behalf of the whales and dolphins and everyone here at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU for your continued support. Let’s do more great things for whales and dolphins next year!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year,

Julia Pix, WDC.


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Donate today and your gift could be doubled — wdc


Looking for the perfect antidote to the Black Friday offers you’ve been bombarded with recently? Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to reflect on the causes close to our hearts and give a little back.

Will you help us raise £10,000 today? It’s an ambitious target, but we’re off to a great start as generous WDC supporters have kindly pledged to match* your gift to us. Will you help in our fight to end captivity ?


With you by our side, we’ve persuaded some of the biggest companies in the travel industry, such as British Airways and Trip Advisor, to stop promoting facilities that keep whales and dolphins captive. A donation from you today could help us achieve even more in 2020.

Remember, donations up to the value of £4,200 will be matched this Giving Tuesday, meaning a gift £30 could be doubled to £60. 

Thank you for all your incredible support this year .

Cathy Williamson
Policy Manager – End Captivity




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To: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister :: Save NZ Dolphins


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We want Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand government to save Māui and Hector’s dolphins.

We are calling for the government to immediately phase out set net and trawl fishing within the dolphins’ habitat around the whole coast of New Zealand.

Why is this important?

Māui dolphins are on the brink of extinction and Hector’s dolphins are heading towards a similar fate if nothing changes. These dolphins are taonga and native to New Zealand, they’re not found anywhere else in the world.

The single greatest threat to Māui and Hector’s dolphins is fishing nets. 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 left.

If we don’t act now we risk losing New Zealand dolphins forever. We need to save them, and we hope you will help us!

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), has been working in New Zealand behind-the-scenes for years gathering evidence and garnering political and public support. Now it’s time for all of us to raise our voices and be heard.

Around 110 to 150 New Zealand dolphins die in set nets every year and a similar number in trawls. Set nets are sometimes referred to as ‘walls of death’. They hang in the water, anchored to the sea bed with weights and are stretched across the surface with floats. They are indiscriminate, catching every creature that swims into them.

Trawl nets are dragged through the water by boats and, like the set nets, scoop up whatever and whoever is in their path. Right now Hector’s and Māui dolphins are protected from set nets in just 30% of their habitat and from trawl nets in less than 10%.

But, here’s the great news – if we band together we can protect them and we could save the species. Are you with us?

The New Zealand government is currently working on what’s called a Threat Management Plan for these dolphins – this plan outlines what the government intends to do to look after the dolphins. However the plan is woefully inadequate; the government proposals will allow at least 50 dolphins to die every year in fishing nets. This is unacceptable!

See the plan here:

We’re urging Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to remove these dangerous nets from the dolphins’ home. We’re calling for the New Zealand government to transition our country away from destructive fishing methods, and immediately phase out set net and trawl fishing within the dolphins’ habitat, to the 100 metre depth contour, around the whole coast of the country.

The government must also consult relevant local iwi about implementing a phase out of trawling and set nets in line with the obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

This is our chance to show the government how much we love these dolphins. They are taonga and deserve to survive and thrive. Sign our petition to send the Prime Minister a message and help us save them!

What you can do:
– Write to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, using the automatic form
on our petition page
– Like and share our Facebook/Instagram pages
– Post on social media about NZ dolphins and share it with us
using the hashtag #SaveNZDolphins



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,

Julia Pix


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Last chance to vote!

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Flippin‘ Awesome

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!


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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.


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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?


Disentanglement training

Working together

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.




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Let us help you get ready for Christmas. We’ve got gift ideas for the whole family. — wdc


Christmas is coming!!

Presents to buy, gifts to wrap, cards to write….

Let us help you, we’ve got lots of great gift ideas for the whole family, recycled gift wrap and reusable gift bags.


Mix yourself a gin £30

Gift bag, ribbon from £2.90

Knitted hoodies £34.50

Scratch & sketch £11.50 each

Whale tail necklace £21.50

Cuddly Wild call Orca £8.95

Adventurer’s kit from £2.50

Tin Shampoo bars £8.50

Dolphin mother & calf £15

Stocking fillers from 50p

Stocking fillers from 50p

Books for everyone from £8.99

Knitted Beanies each £7

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You can help stop the slaughter — WDC

Whales around Japan need your help

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WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

I’m afraid I have some devastating news .

Yesterday, on 1 July, five whaling ships set sail from Kushiro in Japan for their first openly commercial hunt since 1986. The first whale – a minke – was killed and brought back to shore that day!

We need your help today. We must act fast. We must put pressure on the Japanese government to stop the senseless butchering of these beautiful, innocent creatures.


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We publicly condemn these barbaric hunts. You may have seen me quoted in UK newspapers arguing that there is practically no demand for whale meat in Japan. This hunt is not only going against the direction of accepted international law but also is not needed. Up to 95% of Japanese people very rarely or never eat whale meat – whaling is about politics not food.

We understand the Japanese fleet intends to hunt and kill: 52 minke whales, 150 Bryde’s whales and 25 endangered sei whales. I can not stand by and let this happen.

A gift from you today will help us:

  • ensure that international scientific, legal and political pressure is brought to bear on those who have instigated these hunts.
  • work with colleagues in the anti-whaling movement in Japan to maximise domestic opposition.
  • demonstrate that science proves we need whales for healthy oceans and our planet.
  • continue to work with lawyers to scrutinise the legality of Japan’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and evaluate the possibility for legal steps against it.

The actions of the Japanese fleet are inhumane and totally unnecessary. You can make a difference. Please, as someone who cares so passionately about whales, will you support us and make a donation?

Thank you for all your incredible support.

Together we can make a difference.

Chris Butler-Stroud


WDC in action: protesters making their voices heard outside the Japanese embassy in London on 27 June 2019.


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Help Close the Russian Whale Jail

Dave Phillips, Save Dolphins and Whales



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Your interest and support fuel our efforts to protect dolphins and whales around the globe. Here are updates from a few of our current campaigns.


We are playing a key role in responding to the shocking, unprecedented, and brutal captures of wild orcas and beluga whales in Russian waters. It’s the largest single capture of orcas and belugas in history, and we need your help.

Eleven orcas and 90 belugas were captured and placed in small holdingOrcas in Icy pens in Russia pens in the Russian port of Nakhodka, on Russia’s Pacific Coast. They’re now hundreds of miles from where they were caught and stripped from their families. 1 orca and 3 belugas from the group have since gone missing.

The orcas and belugas in the Russian “whale jail” are in danger, and we are pressing the Russian government to end this travesty. We’ve helped generate worldwide outrage leading to a cancellation of the original plan to sell them all to captive parks in China. But more must be done.

They must be released to their home waters where they were captured. The Kremlin has not yet decided on the fate of the whales, and is contemplating a dangerous plan to release them where they are now, far from their homes. 

Belugas and Orcas in Russian pens

Your can help our team keep the pressure on and demand action. We’ve also pulled together a group of 25 marine mammal experts to urgently request that Russian orca captures be banned permanently. We’re working closely with grassroots groups in Russia and around the world to free these whales.
Closing the Russian “whale jail” is only one part of our campaign to end the capture and captivity of dolphins and whales.


For more than 50 years, the US company, SeaWorld, has been the driving force behind the myth that holding orcas and smaller dolphins in concrete tanks doing tricks for human entertainment is humane. Enough is enough.

We are moving forward with a federal court lawsuit against SeaWorld’s unfair business practices and false advertising. We are forcing them to disclose information that they’ve kept hidden.

Orcas at SeaWorld; photo by Mark J. Palmer



SeaWorld claims that orcas are „happy“ and „thrive“ in captivity. With this lawsuit, we’re pulling back the veil to show the cruel reality of what life is like for orcas in captivity. The case is scheduled to come to trial this October.
We are also suing the US Trump Administration to get the necropsy reports for orca deaths at SeaWorld, including Tilikum, the orca at the center of the film Blackfish. We believe these records must be made public and will reveal causes of death and other information demonstrating the health and welfare threats to orcas from lives in tanks.

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At the end of February, yet another bloody hunt season for Taiji dolphins ended. Tragically, the number of dolphins killed this year has risen.

The killing is subsidized by the sale of some captured dolphins to aquariums, while most of the rest of the are killed for meat. A trained wild dolphin can bring $150,000 or more on the world market. Dolphins off the coast of Japan pay a terrible price for this trade.

In 2020, Tokyo will host the summer Olympics. We are working to bring pressure to bear on the Japanese government to end the killing of dolphins and whales permanently before the games begin.The world spotlight will be on Japan, and the Olympics could cause international embarrassment over the barbaric slaughter and their recent decision to quit the International Whaling Commission and begin rogue commercial killing of whales.

Your donations can help end the plight of orcas and belugas in Russia and get them back to their families and home waters.

We can force SeaWorld to tell the truth, end the keeping of orcas in tanks, and retire them to seaside sanctuaries.

And we can continue to shine a spotlight on the Japanese government and press for an end to all killing of dolphins and whales.

Your donation of $35, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford will help us fight back.

A monthly donation of $10 or more is a great way to take action, and you will be eligible to receive a special campaign gift. 

Thanks so much for all you can do to help dolphins live wild and free.


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David Phillips, Director
International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute

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🐳 Your April whale and dolphin news 🐬

WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

News from the world of whales and dolphins


I just had to share this photo of spinner dolphins with you. It actually made me say ‚wow‘ out loud when I saw it!

Dolphins and whales are awesome – they evoke intense emotions when we encounter them in their natural environment.  There’s something about seeing a whale or dolphin powering through the water that makes it an unforgettable experience. It’s their size, their mystery, their intelligence – we can see ourselves in them and yet they are utterly other.

The photo above was taken by WDC ambassador, Andrew Sutton and you can read more about this amazing whale and dolphin watching experience in his guest blog below.

While we’re talking about watching these magnificent creatures in the wild, I’ve got an uplifting story for you about how we are helping an ex-whale hunter to start a whale watch business. And, if you fancy watching out for dolphins and porpoises with us, then you could join our team in September as a volunteer on the island of Bardsey, north Wales.

As always, thank you for your support – it’s the donations we receive from people like you that mean we can keep ‚looking out‘ for whales and dolphins wherever they need us.

With best wishes on behalf of all at WDC.

Julia Pix

Watching for whales on Bardsey Island

This could be you!

Do you fancy joining us in north Wales to help with our fieldwork? We’re looking for volunteers to join our team for two weeks in September. Details, costs and application form can be found on our website. We’d love to see you.


Sperm whales dive

Extraordinary encounters

WDC ambassador, Andrew Sutton recounts his inspiring experience with sperm whales off Sri Lanka. We all love seeing whales and dolphins in the wild but we need to watch responsibly or we risk causing them harm.


Supporting a move to whale watching

Helping an ex-hunter

We believe in offering positive alternatives. That’s why we’ve been supporting an ex-whaler from the Caribbean as he hangs up his harpoon to start a whale watching business. It’s such an exciting project!


What we think these prehistoric whales looked like

Wow! Walking whale found

Scientists have unearthed the fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale who had webbed feet and hooves.


One of the belugas

Beluga move delayed

Awful weather in Iceland means we’ve had to postpone Little Grey and Little White’s journey to their new ocean sanctuary home for a short while. We’ll have a new move date soon and will let you know once the two whales have arrived safely. We can’t wait!


Common dolphins

EU lets dolphins down

Thousands of dolphins and porpoises die in fishing nets every year in EU waters. Last week, MEPs had a real chance to make a difference but they failed, voting in new laws which fall well short of what’s needed to stop these deaths.


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333 minke whales killed

Japanese whalers have killed 333 minke whales in what will be their last ‚research‘ hunt in Antarctica. They plan to resume full-scale commercial whaling in Japan’s waters this June.


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Beautiful whale posters from Gerry Turley

Do you love humpback whales? Or are you after a special treat for yourself? Look no further! Gerry Turley’s signed, hand-finished screen printed posters add the wow-factor to any wall and each purchase helps support our work.


Wild Route to Freedom

Explore Scotland with Born Wild

There are still places available for Born Wild’s ‚Wild Route To Freedom‘, the ultimate Scottish adventure. It provides a unique exploration of the iconic, wild North Coast 500 route. Book a place on this trip and help to support our work.



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Whales around Japan need YOU

Whales around Japan need your help

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Whales around Japan urgently need your help  

The Japanese government plans to start killing whales in Japanese waters this summer. We need to ramp up our efforts to stop them but we can’t do it without you.


Why do we need your help?

Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve stood firm against whaling for 30 years and defeated all Japan’s efforts to overturn the commercial whaling ban. Now the Japanese government has shown its utter disregard for international opinion and conservation efforts and announced its shocking decision to leave the International Whaling Commission (the body that regulates whaling) and resume full-blown commercial whale hunts.

Japanese hunters will kill sei, Bryde’s and minke whales in the same way that they kill around 3,000 dolphins and ‘small’ whales every year – in unregulated hunts with no accountability.  We can’t stand by and let that happen.

I need supporters like you to speak up for whales and protest but sadly, that’s not enough. The Japanese government has already shown that it doesn’t listen.

I must now put more of our resources into scrutinizing Japan’s actions – like a game of chess, I’ll monitor and try to counter their every move. But this will take precious time and resources. So I’m asking for your help – will you give a donation?

How will we use your money?

We will:

  1. work with lawyers to scrutinize the legality of Japan’s decision and evaluate the possibility for legal steps against it.
  2. intensify our relationships with Japanese activist organisations. Change will need to come from within Japan and so our work with our colleagues there is crucial.
  3. work closely with partner charities all over the world and also with government departments to leverage diplomatic pressure. The UK and other governments have issued strong statements condemning Japan’s move and we will work with them to follow this up with action.

There is no need or demand for a commercial whaling industry in the 21st Century! This is purely a political decision. Whaling is horrifically cruel and we must not let commercial whaling decimate whale populations again.

Thank you so much for your support, it really is appreciated.

Astrid Fuchs, WDC stop whaling lead



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Help Dolphins Live in Peace

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Happy Holidays to you!

Dolphins and whales deserve freedom from capture and slaughter — and they need your help.

There are many worthy causes to choose from, and we thank you for your generosity.

We’re working in the courts and in the field to stop all capture and killing of dolphins and whales. And we’re pressing for captive whales and dolphins to be retired to seaside sanctuaries. We can’t do it without you!

Happy Holidays and thanks for making as generous a year-end donation as you can this year!  If you just recently donated, our special thanks to you.

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David Phillips
International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute

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