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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...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Tokitae in captivity

Talking to TUI – will they stop supporting whale and dolphin captivity?

Last Thursday I travelled to Berlin for a long-anticipated meeting with TUI senior executives. I...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We've been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year's Earth Day,...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We’ve been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year’s Earth Day, we wanted to get to know Fran Draper, their Marketing Director, a bit better.

That’s why we’ve asked her a few questions like what her favourite Waipapa Bay tipple is, why they became a Climate Giant Project partner and most importantly … what’s her favourite whale or dolphin?

Fran mountain
  1. Tell us a bit about Waipapa Bay Wines? 

The name Waipapa Bay comes from a beautiful laid-back surf spot in New Zealand.  It’s a place of stunning, natural beauty and is a fantastic spot for wildlife watching which has inspired the ethos behind the wines – to produce great wines and help raise funds for Whale and Dolphin Conservation. 

  1. What’s your favourite wine in the Waipapa range and why? 

I love Sauvignon Blanc but actually my favourite wine in the range is the new Gruner Veltliner from New Zealand.  I like trying new wines, different grapes, different countries, and the Gruner is a lovely example of an unusual grape from a country you wouldn’t expect it from.

  1. Why has Waipapa Bay Wines become a Climate Giant Project partner? 

Waipapa Bay Wines has been supporting WDC since 2019, and through this partnership we’ve come to understand the crucial role that whales and dolphins play in protecting ocean ecosystems, and how this impacts on the climate crisis.  As a natural product, wine is sensitive to the vagaries of climate change, with weather directly affecting grape growth and health.  The WDC has shown us how the Climate Giant Project is the ocean’s alternative to planting trees, and we’ve been really excited to learn that if baleen whale populations recovered to their pre-whaling numbers, they could store almost a billion trees worth of carbon.

Humpback whale underwater in Caribbean
  1. What’s your favourite whale or dolphin and why? 

It’s got to be the mighty humpback whale - the way they can use their enormous tail and flippers to manoeuvre in the water, and the sight of their tail as they dive!  I was lucky enough to spot them off the coast of Boston some years ago and the experience has stayed with me ever since.

  1. Today is Earth Day - if you could visit one place on earth right now, where would it be and why?

I have simple tastes, I love the calming expanse of the sea and the rugged nature of the mountains.  My ideal spot right now would be the Isle of Skye – but I’d love to take a trip to the WDC Dolphin Centre in Spey bay while there, it’s only a few hours down the road!

If you’d like to get your hands on a bottle of Waipapa Bay wines, visit the Ocado website here today.

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