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Extinction emergency – we need action right now to save New Zealand dolphins

Every year on 8 June we celebrate World Oceans Day – a day when we’re encouraged to think about the oceans and the impact that we humans are having on the marine environment and the creatures who live there. I don’t think the health of the oceans has ever been higher in the public consciousness.…

Looking out for orcas from the Scottish north coast – Orca Watch 2019

Orca Watch week is now in its eighth year and is run by the Sea Watch Foundation in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation. I’ve been involved for the last five years and have seen the event go from strength to strength. It’s a wonderful week celebrating all things orca including talks and video presentations,…

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How cigarette butts pollute the ocean and harm whales and dolphins

Today is World No Tobacco Day and you could be forgiven for wondering what that’s got to do with whales and dolphins. Sadly, it’s very relevant because cigarette butts pollute the marine environment with plastic and harmful chemicals. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that cigarette butts are the most common form of litter…

Little Grey and Little White

How you fly two beluga whales home to the ocean

Ahead of the relocation of Little White and Little Grey to the world’s first open water sanctuary for belugas, we gave international media the opportunity to discover how this epic 6,000-mile journey will be delivered to plan, and speak to some of the expert team involved in making this as comfortable a journey as possible…

A jailed orca breaches in her tiny jail cell

Is a good outcome possible for the jailed whales in Russia?

It’s not often that we report good news from Russia about whales and dolphins. We have been fighting for many years to end the capture of orcas and belugas from Russian waters for the aquarium trade. The bad news continued in 2018, as dozens of whales were illegally incarcerated in holding pens in Srednyaya Bay…

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My amazing time as a WDC volunteer researcher on the Welsh island of Bardsey

WDC has a long-running research project studying the dolphins and porpoises who make their homes in or travel through the waters around the Welsh island of Bardsey. Every year we ask for volunteers to join us for a couple of weeks and last year, Janet Jenkins was one of those people. Janet is a retired…