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Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

Respite for dolphins in the Bay of Biscay

Hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins die in fishing nets annually. It’s known as ‘bycatch’ and more than 9,000 common dolphins fall victim to this grim fate in the Bay of Biscay every year. Now, after years of campaigning, a glimmer of hope emerges as the French government has finally taken some action that could save thousands of dolphins.

Lottie and Ed outside the Norwegian parliament

We’re working within Norway to end whaling

More whales are killed each year by Norwegian whalers than in Japan and Iceland. But we’ve learnt that international protests and criticism won’t end the hunts. Change must come from within Norway. So, we’re adopting a fresh approach by working with likeminded organisations and activists in Norway to inspire Norwegian people to bring an end to the hunts.

Leaping harbour porpoise

Success! Protection for porpoises at CMS

Ed Goodall Ed is WDC’s head of intergovernmental engagement. He meets with world leaders to increase protection and reduce harm to whales and dolphins, for their sake and our own. VIEW ALL ED’S BLOGS There are only a few hundred harbour porpoises left in the Baltic Proper, and they are teetering on the brink of…

Humpback whale playing with kelp

Why do humpback whales wear seaweed wigs?

Whales and dolphins never stop amazing us and there’s so much we don’t know. These intelligent beings have complex social structures and cultural behaviours like us, and one of their many mysteries is ‘kelping’ – or wearing and playing with kelp. While we don’t fully understand why they do it, we have some ideas.

3 fin whales

Iceland’s whale ally faces a political storm

Last summer, Iceland’s Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir took the bold decision to delay the start of the whaling season, saving the lives of around 120 endangered fin whales. Since then, she has been the ‘talk of the town’ in Iceland, but we’re concerned that events unfolding tomorrow will threaten the position of our important ally and the future of whales in Icelandic waters.

Japanese whaling ship

WDC in Japan – Part 5: The meaning of whaling

Whaling has a centuries-old history in Japan and has deep roots in the country’s identity. But today, whale meat products are a rare find. After returning from Taiji, the next leg of my journey sought to answer an important question: is whaling an indispensable part of Japanese culture or is it just a cruel vestige upheld by a minority?