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Humpback whale

Last week we joined forces with WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and ATP (The Association of Tennis Professionals) players to celebrate Whale and Dolphin Day.

We were delighted that Julia Goerges, Donna Vekic, Lucie Safarova and Kevin Anderson helped us raise awareness of our vital work to protect these magnificent creatures – sharing important messages on the threats that whales and dolphins face, and the vital role whales play in keeping our oceans healthy and fighting the climate crisis.

“I’m passionate about lending my voice and raising awareness for World Whale and Dolphin Day,” Anderson said. “Keeping the ocean free from plastic and pollution is an initiative I strongly support and I know these causes go hand in hand. Hopefully our message can go far so others will take the issues these incredible creatures face very seriously."

There is growing evidence of the important role whales play both in keeping our oceans healthy and in fighting climate change. Recent indicators suggest that great whale populations can store equivalent levels of carbon to rainforests.

"I am really happy to support WDC alongside the WTA and ATP players, to enhance awareness about the importance of protecting whales and dolphins, and our shared planet,” said Julia Goerges.

“I am really passionate about ocean conservation, animal welfare and the environment - so when I found out that the protection of whales and dolphins plays such an important role in the ecosystem and combating the climate crisis, it was a no-brainer for me to get behind this amazing initiative."

Kevin and Donna also demonstrated their passion for the cause by signing up to WDC’s adoption programme. Spirit and Midnight seemed to be at the top of their rankings!

We are working hard to create a world where every whale and dolphin can swim safe and free and the support of the WTA and ATP players with this campaign has been incredible. We look forward to what the future has in store!

For more information about adopting a dolphin, orca or humpback whale, please visit our adoption page.

Find out more about WDC’s Green Whale programme.

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About George Berry

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

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