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Faroes dolphin hunt review – disappointing is an understatement

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Minke whale - V Mignon

We told them this would happen! Time to halt cruel whale experiments

An ill-conceived and so far ill-fated joint US/ Norwegian experiment to test minke whales' reaction...
Sponging dolphin in Shark Bay

Dolphins who catch fish with shells

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WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...
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Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...

Save the whales, save the world – convincing governments that whales will help us fight the climate crisis

Whales and dolphins are awesome. They are intelligent, self-aware, socially complex and they need and deserve our protection. But, did you know they are also our allies in fighting the climate crisis?

As we begin a new year with hope and optimism, we’re thinking big like a whale and setting our ambitions high.

Blue whale © Andrew Sutton

Help save the world by saving the whales with a donation

Whales store harmful carbon

Like trees, these magnificent giants remove harmful carbon from our atmosphere and store it in their bodies and they do this simply by eating their favourite food - tiny plant-like creatures called phytoplankton. These little marvels absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by photosynthesis, then fish and other plankton eat them, and then whales eat the fish and plankton. And so the carbon moves up the food chain. The carbon that is not released as carbon dioxide by the whales when they breathe, is concentrated in their bodies over time.

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Planet-saving poo

As if that isn't incredible enough, whales also help save the planet with their poo! Whale faeces is packed full of nutrients which fertilise phytoplankton and as well as absorbing carbon, phytoplankton also release half the world’s oxygen. You could say they give you every other breath you take. If you think of forests as one of the Earth’s lungs, the ocean is the other.

Whales as ecosystem engineers - the Whale Pump

More whales means a healthier planet

When humans slaughtered more than three million whales in the 20th century, we didn’t just kill sentient, intelligent individuals with families, societies and cultures, we removed huge carbon stores and these whales’ contribution to fighting climate change.  Allowing whale populations to recover will have an enormously beneficial impact on climate change. More whales mean more carbon can be removed from our atmosphere and more whale poo to keep the ocean healthy and ‘breathing’.

We need whales in our climate plans

Our Green Whale project is dedicated to ensuring that climate policymakers understand the enormous role of whales and dolphins in helping us achieve our climate targets by restoring a healthy ocean and a healthy planet.

Whales and humans are in this together – if we save the whales, we will help save the world. They are doing their bit so it’s time we humans honoured our part by making sure they can thrive.

Will you help to make a big impact on one of the world’s biggest challenges, by getting behind the world’s biggest creatures? Donate today and you'll help fund more research into the contribution whales make in maintaining a healthy planet. The more compelling evidence we have, the more effectively we can lobby governments and policymakers to include whale conservation in their climate plans.

Every whale and dolphin counts.

Every pound you can donate today counts too and will make a difference.

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