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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...

A Fateful Anniversary

Today, February 24th, marks the four-year anniversary of the death of veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau. WDC respectfully acknowledges this horrific tragedy and the unfolding of events that has occurred since and that together have brought the plight of trainers and captive orcas to light. Dawn’s death launched heightened public and professional scrutiny of safety in the workplace at SeaWorld facilities, and has instigated a groundswell of public support against the continuing confinement of orcas in captivity. Today also serves as a reminder to remember the other human lives lost in captive facilities over the past several decades, including Keltie Byrne (February 20, 1991), Daniel Dukes (July 6, 1999), Alexis Martinez (December 24, 2009). While we fight for the freedom of whales and dolphins, we must also remember to be respectful of those that were lost and the families whose lives were forever altered by these tragedies. Although SeaWorld continues to fight the citation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) which seeks to enhance trainer protections, we hope that their memories serve to improve the lives of trainers and orcas alike.