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Haul of sea bass on French pair trawlers, Le Baron and Magellan, fishing in the English channel. Greenpeace is currently in the English channel protesting against pelagic pair trawling due to the high numbers of dolphin deaths associated with it.

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…

Porpoise, Conwy Wales. WDC

Why do porpoises and dolphins find it so difficult to avoid fishing nets?

When a dolphin or porpoise is caught or entangled in fishing gear it’s known as ‘bycatch‘ and it’s the biggest threat they face. Hundreds of thousands die in fishing gear every year, more than 1,000 of these in UK seas. But why does it happen? Why can’t they just avoid the nets? Your donation will…

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Reflection – what this remarkable whale teaches us about humpbacks and their fascinating lives

Reflection, like all humpback whales, was born with a unique black and white pattern on the underside of her tail which will remain unchanged throughout her life. Her name was inspired by her tail’s symmetry – both the outline and pigment pattern on the left and right sides are similar, rather like giant butterfly wings.…

Meet the brainiacs of the underwater world – deep thinkers with intricate emotional lives

Whales and dolphins have big brains, and large brained beings have a few things in common. We live long lives, we’re sociable and our behaviour is complex. Females give birth to just a few children and take extraordinary care of each baby, teaching them life skills and helping them to become independent. Whales and dolphins behave in ways…

Growing up with the amazing Adelaide Port River dolphins

Squeak, one of the Port River dolphins If you are able to make a donation, it will help us protect these unique and vulnerable dolphins. Yes. I’ll donate I have grown up alongside and loved these dolphins for as long as I can remember.  I first met many of them during family trips out on…

Real lives lost – the true dolphin, porpoise and whale stories behind the bycatch statistics

Every dolphin, porpoise and whale who dies in fishing gear was an individual with their own life story. They probably had a family and friends, a culture and an identity. Each death is a tragedy that didn’t have to happen and a life we had the power to save. I’m going to to tell you…