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Humpback whale with calf

Scientists solve mystery of whale song

One of the big mysteries surrounding exactly how some of the great whales are able...
Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

Alpha Travel Insurance supports WDC’s journey to save and protect whales and dolphins across the globe

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Iberian and Baltic harbour porpoises face extinction without urgent action

Success! We help secure higher protection for endangered porpoise at UN meeting

Iberian and Baltic harbour porpoises face extinction without urgent action We are very excited to...
Part of the new exhibition space at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

Listen to whales at our new exhibition

We are thrilled to unveil a brand-new interactive exhibition at the Scottish Dolphin Centre in...

WDC joins call for SeaWorld to release full details of Tilikum's death

WDC has signed on to an open letter calling for SeaWorld to follow their legal obligations under the US National Marine Fisheries Service to release Tilikum’s full necropsy (animal autopsy). This also applies to his offspring and grand-offspring, including Kyara, the last orca calf to be born at SeaWorld, who died in July.

This information would be a valuable resource for scientists working to conserve wild orca populations, as it would provide detail on the type of bacteria and pathogens that can affect orcas, and what they might be most susceptible to, even though stress and prevalence of certain pathogens in captivity is certainly different than what wild orcas may be exposed to.  For example, a recent study on the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population showed surprising pathogens present in their exhalations, including suspected antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and, according to SeaWorld, Tilikum died from an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacterial pneumonia

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About George Berry

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