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June is Orca Awareness Month!

Welcome to Orca Month!  The third annual celebration for WDC and 12th overall focuses on sharing the story of the endangered Southern Resident orcas and inspiring people to take action to protect them. After the Southern Resident orcas were added to the endangered species list in 2005, longtime orca education and advocacy group Orca Network…

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How do you build a beluga whale sanctuary?

Preparing a new home for two ex-captive belugas is a wonderful world first. The future of the two captive beluga whales we are building a sanctuary for, in a remote location in Iceland, is looking more certain by the day. As the weather improves and we get the necessary endorsements for our sanctuary to be…

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End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted on Reykjavik harbour will generally arouse little attention from passing tourists, but this is different and far more chilling. This is the Hvalur 8. It is a fin whaling vessel and it is being readied to return to the high…

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Southern Resident orca recovery Task Force off to a hopeful start

With a mixture of hope, excitement, and nervousness, I tuned in on May 1st to watch the first meeting of the Governor-initiated Washington Task Force for Southern Resident orca recovery.  Many of our colleagues in the Orca Salmon Alliance attended in person, but luckily the meeting was live-streamed so I didn’t have to make the…

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How Thomas Cook and WDC are striving for a better future for captive whales and dolphins

WDC is working closely with Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s biggest holiday companies, to help them to make informed decisions when it comes to whales and dolphins in tourism. They have begun a process of auditing every whale and dolphin and animal attraction on their books – no small task. They have already dropped…

WDC meets Volvo Ocean Race

One of the programs I spend a lot of my time working on is our sailing outreach program Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales. The overarching goal of this program is to empower sailors to use safe boating practices to reduce disturbances and injury to whales, as well as to their sailing…