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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...

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!


The 4th of July is a celebration of America’s Independence from the English CROWN.  In 1776, several PATRIOTs gathered together in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to write the Declaration of Independence.  It lays out the reasons why independence was so important to the colonies; the most essential being the inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness.  Although he was not part of the committee who wrote the document, John HANCOCK was the first man to sign, and has the most memorable signature since it is the largest.

Pennsylvania and MASSACHUSETTS are huge attractions for people who want to learn more about the establishment of our country.  Both these states are rich in history and have erected MONUMENTs dedicated to the YANKEEs who we now know as our founding fathers. 


Friends and families often gather together and have a COOKOUT to celebrate the holiday.  STREAMERs are hung around the backyard and CONFETTI is scattered around tables to decorate.   The adults can be found cooking hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, and making potato salad and corn on the cob in the kitchen. Children have fun writing their names in the air with SPARKLERs, or trying to catch a FIREFLY in the yard.  Once the sun goes down, magnificent firework displays can be seen in the sky.

Adults and children alike don red, white, and blue apparel to show pride for their country.  Shirts, hats, and even shoes display the STARs and STRIPES for this historic day.  Towns and cities across the country raise the United States FLAG and sing the national ANTHEM with pride.  July 4th is a landmark day which made America the land of the free, and the home of the brave. 

WDC NA wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.