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Dolphins with keepers in the new Windsor Safari Park. Image: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Three decades on from UK’s last dolphin show, what needs to change?

The UK hasn’t had captive whales and dolphins on display for 30 years, but it’s not illegal in the UK to keep whales and dolphins in tanks, UK holidaymakers still visit dolphin shows when they are abroad, and UK tour operators still sell tickets. Where do we go from here? Exactly 30 years ago today,…

Fishers' involvement is crucial. Image: WDC/JTF

When porpoises and people overlap

We’re funding a project in Hong Kong that’s working with fishing communities to help save the vulnerable finless porpoises who share the sea with them. When you picture Hong Kong, you probably think about a thriving business and banking metropolis, but did you know that living there, within some of the busiest waters in the…

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Scottish fishers working with us to reduce risks to whales

Small changes to fishing gear could make a big difference to whales around Scotland, and we are supporting Scottish fishers to work out the best way to do it. Susannah Calderan is our project manager, so over to her to tell you all about it … Entanglement is the largest identified cause of death due…

Mindful conservation – why we need a new respect for nature

‘We should look at whales and dolphins as the indigenous people of the seas – and treat them accordingly.’ To succeed in our efforts to protect this planet and the species we share it with, we need a radical rethink of our approach to conservation. WDC Germany’s Fabian Ritter shares his vision of a new…

tins of whale meat

How Japan’s whaling industry is trying to convince people to eat whales

Japan’s hunters kill hundreds of whales every year despite the fact that hardly anyone in Japan eats whale meat. But rather than have them hang up their harpoons, the whaling industry and the Fisheries Ministry have set their sights on children and young people and are rolling out cynical plans to convince them that eating…

Microplastics on beach

Blue whales and the menace of microplastics – how we’ll solve this problem

Our love affair with plastic began in the 1950s when it revolutionised manufacturing. But what happens when you use a material that’s built to last for ever to mass produce products that are designed to be thrown away? Let’s explore.   If you’ve seen a blue whale feed, you’ll know that they take enormous gulps…