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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 wonder what kind of world we’d have now if they did.  There’d certainly be more fish, and single-use plastics would not be a thing. Because whales and dolphins don’t have a voice in parliament, it’s down to all of us…

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 that, against all logic – rather like a bad Netflix series that has somehow been commissioned for a second season – the ‘minke whale trappers’ are back with their nets to have another go this summer! Starting tomorrow and despite…

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 chubby cheeks, they certainly stand out in a crowd. And they never set a flipper in the ocean – home is the fresh, flowing waters of three mighty South American river basins: the Amazon, Orinoco and Tocantins-Araguaia. The botos‘ magnificent realm…

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 was there to hand over our petition, signed by more than 20,000 of you, and to address TUI’s ongoing promotion of captive whale and dolphin shows. I wasn’t entirely sure what reception I would get but was surprised by how…

Orcas at the seabed

The secrets of orca beach life

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Cameras allow our partners at OrcaLab to take you right into the orcas’ fascinating, hidden world … Orcas are deeply cultural beings: the ultimate team players, it’s difficult not to admire their devotion…

porpoise on beach

Why now is the time for government action on dolphin deaths in fishing nets

Thousands of dolphins, porpoises, whales, seabirds, seals and other protected species die in fishing gear in UK waters each year. This is known as ‘bycatch‘ and inadequate government action has meant that it’s continued largely unabated for decades. After our exit from the European Union, the UK implemented the Fisheries Act 2020. Contained within this…