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More help for entangled whales thanks to project funding

A project to stop whale entanglement in fishing gear has received a huge boost thanks...

Iceland to monitor whale hunt cruelty

Following our call for an investigation into violations of the Icelandic Whaling and Animal Welfare...
Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale in River Seine dies after rescue attempt

A beluga whale that became trapped in the River Seine in France has sadly had...
Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...

Permanent Protections for Areas of the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from Offshore Drilling

WDC joins US Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel in applauding President Obama’s announcement to withdraw portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean from oil and gas extraction.   Nearly 4 million acres of water from Massachusetts through Delaware, along with 115 million acres of the US Arctic waters, will be protected.  Working as part of a coalition of groups opposing offshore drilling and exploration, WDC  is celebrating this victory which will protect thousands of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. 

Map from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Atlantic Canyon Withdrawal

While today’s announcement is welcome, WDC remains concerned about the potential for seismic testing along the southeast US, the only known calving habitat for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.  Earlier this year, President Obama announced a five year ban on drilling in the southeast Atlantic after receiving significant opposition from environmental groups and coastal communities, but did not prevent companies from using seismic air guns to locate mineral deposits.  The loud pulsing sounds produced 24 hours a day are known to harass, harm, and even kill whales and dolphins. 

Emerging research underscores the critical role whales play in the ecosystem from helping to offset climate change to supplying nutrients to phytoplankton which produces most of the world’s oxygen and is the base on which fish stocks depend. According to Regina Asmutis-Silvia, WDC NA executive director, “President Obama has not only helped to fight climate change by banning drilling in these areas, but also by keeping whales safe and allowing them to do their jobs as ecosystem engineers.  This is a win for whales and for our climate.”