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Death of a species

The discovery of yet another dead endangered North Atlantic right whale off Virginia brings the loss to a total of 18 dead since April, a devastating blow to the species during a year when only five calves were born.   While 12 of the deaths occurred in Canadian waters between June and September, this latest mortality…

WDC are pleased to partner up with online Will writing service, Farewill

Despite common belief, charities rely on gifts in Wills, and at WDC, we would struggle to achieve as much as we do without them. Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free but these amazing, intelligent creatures face so many man-made dangers. Leave a gift in your Will, and…

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How do you move two beluga whales half way around the world?

I hope you’ve been enjoying following our story as we work to give two captive belugas a new home in a more natural ocean environment and I’m pleased to bring you our latest update.  Whales and dolphins are simply not suited to a ‘life’ in the confinement of captivity and we are committed to doing…

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Happy birthday WDC, and here’s to the next 30 years!

Will you make a donation to help us protect whales and dolphins for the next 30 years? Thank you. WDC is 30 years-old and I am incredibly proud of the team of people – staff, volunteers, partners and supporters – who have helped achieve our many successes during those three decades. But the very fact…

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A Summer Without Orcas

For Southern Resident orcas, it all comes back to the salmon Every summer since I became the Jessica Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation at WDC, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling up to the San Juan Islands in Washington State to meet with orca researchers, conservationists, and advocates from all around the world.  WDC believes…

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Opportunity lost in EU Ministers bycatch vote

On Tuesday there was an important vote in the European Parliament Fisheries Committee about fisheries conservation measures including future bycatch measures for dolphins, porpoises and whales. Here is a summary of what happened in the vote on bycatch.  The existing (inadequate) rules for monitoring and mitigating dolphin and porpoise bycatch remain intact for now and…