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Third orca death in 18 months at theme park

Loro Parque tourist attraction in Tenerife, Spain has announced the death of Kohana, a 20-year-old...

WDC’s Shorewatch work shortlisted for nature award

We are thrilled that our Shorewatch programme has been shortlisted in the Citizen Science category...
Image from one of the WDC Risso's dolphin research catalogues

Local community helps piece together Risso’s dolphin puzzle

Thousands of photographs from members of the public have been published today in two WDC...

Tesco joins new initiative to help protect whales and dolphins

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer has joined WDC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and the Royal Society...

Two more amazing stories have emerged which serve as a reminder of just how intelligent whales and dolphins are. According to information from dolphin researchers in South Korea published in Marine Mammal Science, a pod of 12 wild long-beaked common dolphins have been documented working together to create a ‘life raft’ to help keep a dying dolphin afloat the East Sea, South Korea.

It is thought to be the first documented instance of dolphins working together as a team to try and save one of their own, and demonstrates how smart and caring dolphins can be. The sick dolphin eventually died but the group also appeared to try and resuscitate the sick dolphin by biting and trying to stimulate it.

Meanwhile, in Australia, news reports state that a woman has been helped to safety by a pod of dolphins after she fell into the sea whilst trying to rescue her dog.

Karyn Gitsham was walking along the beach at Carrickalinga, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, when one of her two dogs got into trouble after chasing seagulls into the water.

Ms Gitsham followed the dog from a nearby cliff but fell into the sea herself shortly afterwards.

“I remember going under and coming back up I saw a fin, and I saw him, and thought ‘oh great, it’s a shark’,” she said.

“And then I saw another fin then I realised they were dolphins.

“These dolphins just formed this horseshoe and were guiding him in, pushing him in.”

Ms Gitsham says the dolphins then nudged them both to safety.