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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

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

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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...
Orca (ID171) breaches off the coast of Scotland © Steve Truluck.

Watching whales and dolphins in the wild can be life changing

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SeaWorld petition targeting British Airways supported by 50,000

A petition on the change.org website posted by WDC supporter, Kathleen Haase, has been signed by over 50,000 people. The petition calls on British Airways to break ties with SeaWorld, similar to WDC’s campaign urging Virgin to do the same. British Airways also sells tickets to SeaWorld to people booking holidays through them. British Airways does not carry whales and dolphins captured from the wild on its aircraft and WDC supports this campaign calling on them to extend their policy to address growing concerns about whale and dolphin captivity. 

The petition marks one of the more recent campaigns focused on SeaWorld’s incarceration of orcas for entertainment, ahead of a two-day meeting taking place this week in the United States and organised by Virgin, to look at the future of captive whale and dolphin tourism. WDC will be represented at the meeting along with other NGOs, travel industry representatives and businesses such as SeaWorld. A recent report from SeaWorld’s Jim Atchison suggests SeaWorld has not imported wild-caught whales and dolphins for three decades. WDC wonders how that position will be upheld with SeaWorld currently seeking to import wild-caught belugas from Russia, as part of a proposal by the Georgia Aquarium, denied by the US government but currently undergoing appeal. 

About Cathy Williamson

Cathy Williamson was policy manager of our End Captivity Programme until July 2021.