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This dolphin was trapped in a plastic ring but, thankfully, successfully freed. Photograph was taken by Q. Gibson, University of North Florida, under the authority of NMFS LOC No. 14157

To save whales, dolphins and the world, we need a global treaty on plastic pollution

Millions of tonnes of plastic enter the environment every year impacting ecosystems and species. Plastic has been found in the air, rain, our bodies and our food chain. Emissions of plastic waste into our rivers and ocean are projected to nearly triple by 2040. That won’t just mean more beached whales with stomachs full of plastic; the human costs will…

Humpback whale Salt with her calf

A humpback whale teacher named Salt who helps keep you and me alive

Salt is a remarkable whale. In fact she’s probably the most famous humpback whale in the world.  She was one of the first humpbacks to be identified back in 1975 when researchers began recognising and cataloguing individuals, and we know that she’s at least 46 years old. She has 15 children and is a great…

Blue whale tail

Whales, trees and butterflies – how we’re giving a voice to the ocean at COP26

I’m in Glasgow representing WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation at COP26, the UN’s 26th climate conference. This is the first time WDC has attended one of these and it’s because we have something important to say – we desperately need the world to wake up and listen to the ocean, for without protecting it, we…

Gray whale (eschrichtius robustus) The eye of  a gray whale. Pacific coast Mexico.

Save the whale, save the world – because our lives depend on it

Carl Sagan famously called our planet a ‘pale blue dot’ when he saw the first images of it taken by the Voyager 1 space probe from 4 billion miles away. It appears blue because almost three quarters of it is covered in water. The ocean is our greatest natural asset and our biggest carbon sink,…

Katie looking for dolphins

My magical island adventure – proof you don’t have to leave the UK to have amazing dolphin encounters

You don’t have to travel outside of the UK to enjoy awesome wildlife encounters. Around 28 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises make their homes here, visit to breed and raise their young or travel through to feed on the rich marine wildlife. At Whale and Dolphin Conservation we run research and education projects and…

Risso's dolphin

Remarkable Risso’s dolphins – how we’re studying them to protect them

And just like that, another season of field research studying remarkable Risso’s dolphins came to a close. We’ve been visiting the Isle of Lewis for the past 12 years, trying to learn whatever we can about these individuals and their species so that we can better protect them. Through our research we’ve been able to…