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Risso's dolphin at surface

My lucky number – 13 years studying amazing Risso’s dolphins

Everything we learn about the Risso's dolphins off the coast of Scotland amazes us and...
Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet

We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are...
Fin whale (balaenoptera physalus) Three fin whales Gulf of California.

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling...

Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Orca (ID171) breaches off the coast of Scotland © Steve Truluck.

Watching whales and dolphins in the wild can be life changing

Whales and dolphins are too intelligent, too large and too mobile to ever thrive in...

Seaspiracy

Ali and Lucy Tabrizi's Netflix film Seaspiracy is compelling viewing for anyone who cares for the ocean.  The film covers many of the issues WDC cares most deeply about – the fight to stop whaling, the crisis of plastic and chemical pollution and, most of all, the appalling damage being wrought by widespread, poorly managed and sometimes illegal fishing.

For people who enjoy eating fish and shellfish the film will be an unsettling watch. It is a reminder to consider how and where the fish on your plate was caught, or if you should eat it at all.

For individual fishers, those trying hardest to minimise their impact on the seas, the film will be frustrating.  They may feel tarred with the same brush as the industrialised, badly regulated and illegal fishing they themselves complain about.

For the NGOs criticised in the film, those trying to navigate complex commercial and political interests, Seaspiracy’s uncompromising position will make for difficult viewing.

Seaspiracy is, in many ways, an oversimplification.  But for all of us, it contains uncomfortable truths about the devastating impacts humanity is having on marine life, and the role we can all play in reversing them.

So I would say, watch the film.  Discuss it with friends.  Find out what is happening.  Raise concerns with your parliamentarian.  Read trusted sources and make your own decisions.

We can’t tell you what to do or think, all we can do is tell people what we know and be a voice for whales and dolphins.  Find out more about the impact of bycatch on whales and dolphins, what we are doing about it and how you can help.

In the words of Sylvia Earle: 'No-one can do everything.  But everyone can do something.'

Please help us today with a donation

Hundreds of thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die a horrible death in fishing gear every year. But we know the solutions. We CAN stop this. Your donation will help us say Goodbye Bycatch.

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