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We need less talk more action from UK governments on tackling dolphin and whale deaths in fishing gear

Our petition called for strong UK laws after Brexit to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing nets and gear. More than a thousand die as what’s known as ‘bycatch’ in UK seas every year. Mr Eustice promised: ‘I want us to be a global leader, inspiring others to protect cetaceans’ (the collective term…

200th anniversary of the sinking of the whaleship Essex

The real-life story, immortalised in Chase’s own account and later in Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, which was made into a Hollywood film, has all the elements of a cracking yarn: humans against nature, the open ocean, adventure, danger, suspense, a dramatic climax – and cannibalism into the bargain. But both the…

The whale who sank a ship and became a legend

No one can know for sure why the whale did what he did, though it is easy to imagine his rage at the violent, unprovoked assault on his fellow whales.  As Ishmael, the narrator of Moby Dick, says: ‘I tell you, the sperm whale will stand no nonsense.’ As we approach the 200th anniversary of…

A dolphin researcher’s heartbreak as Risso’s dolphins targeted in brutal hunt

Without doubt, the life of each individual dolphin matters but for me personally, as someone who studies the remarkable Risso’s dolphin, my heartbreak is that little harder to bear when I hear about hunts which have resulted in either the capture or the death of individuals of this enigmatic species. A beautiful Risso’s dolphin breaches…

Ending whale and dolphin captivity in the US – how our fight continues

We’ve been thrilled to share happy news with you recently about our work to end captivity. Those two awesome belugas, Little White and Little Grey have been exploring their new sanctuary home and France is ending whale and dolphin captivity. These stories have shone some light into these difficult times.  But sadly things are not…

Why we need to expose the lies and stop Norwegian whaling

Despite the extinction emergency, the climate crisis and the pandemic, Norway’s government and its whaling industry are encouraging more whale hunting and promoting the consumption of whale meat. Whales are our allies in fighting climate change – when we kill them, we’re helping to destroy our planet. Now, more than ever, we need to look…