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Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

A story about whales and humans

As well as working for WDC, I write books for young people. Stories; about the...
Risso's dolphin at surface

My lucky number – 13 years studying amazing Risso’s dolphins

Everything we learn about the Risso's dolphins off the coast of Scotland amazes us and...
Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet

We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are...
Fin whale (balaenoptera physalus) Three fin whales Gulf of California.

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling...

Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...

Disabled orca survives thanks to the help of family

This is just another example of deliberate and considerate actions undertaken within an orca family to care for each other, making it so much more devastating to think about these animals being ripped from their families and put into captivity. And even those born in captivity never experience the true culture of orca families, as the young are seized from their mothers and moved to another display park when they are old enough to perform, whereas in the wild, they never leave their mother’s pod. While the terminology currently used to remove orcas for captivity is referred to as “capture”, it would be more accurately described as an abduction. The compassion shown by these orcas to their pod mate drives us to work toward the end of captivity and celebrate the recent decision by India to end captivity.

Read the complete article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326868/Disabled-killer-whale-missing-fins-survives-help-family-hunt-food.html

orca with missing fins

About Regina Asmutis-silvia

Executive director - WDC North America