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Kiska the orca

Real stories from the dark side of captivity

Since we launched our campaign, we've been talking a lot about what a dark place...
Theo's rubbish collection

WDC Dolphin Defender Theo awarded BBC Climate Champion Award

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End captivity background

Uncovering the dark side of captivity

Last week we launched our major new campaign to reveal and uncover the dark side...
Bottlenose dolphins © Christopher Swann

On the anniversary of the massacre of 1,423 dolphins, what’s changed?

One year ago today, 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, including mothers with calves and pregnant females,...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
A dolphin plays in front of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay

Sharing our Spey Bay stories – tell us yours

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created or...
Orcas in Australia

Did orcas help rescue entangled humpback whale?

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An orca named 'Hulk' off Caithness, Scotland

My amazing week watching orcas in Scotland

Orca Watch's 10th anniversary event in the far north of Scotland was exhilarating with a...

Longest migration – gray or humpback whales?

The news has embraced gray whales as the new winner for the longest mammal migration title, a superlative long thought to belong humpback whales. However, does the recently-released research really give the edge to gray whales?   In the case of the gray whale, tagging data provided the distance calculation, however, migration distances are typically based on calculating the shortest possible path between two points as researchers know where an individual moved from and where they went to, but not necessarily the exact path they took.  While there is no denying the gray whale movements are impressive, a straight line calculation, rather than actual movements, calls the migration title into question.  Researchers from Allied Whale, who curate the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog, matched photos of a humpback whale who migrated from the Russian Arctic to the Dominican Republic, a journey of comparable length to the gray whale, but in the Atlantic.  So the question remains as to whether gray or humpback whales hold the title as the Longest Migrating Mammal.  Perhaps it belongs to another species entirely.  As we continue to learn more about these amazing whales, we realize there is still so much to discover! 

 Migration paths of a gray and humpback whale

{But truth be told, we are hoping humpbacks remain the champs as we root for WDC’s humpback whale adoption star travelers, like Coral and Reflection.  Thanks to all our, past, current, and future whale adoptors who help to support WDC’s work, and share our vision of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free! Interested in adopting a whale for yourself or as a gift? Go to WDC’s adoption page and thank you for your support!}

About Regina Asmutis-silvia

Executive director - WDC North America