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Orca Month 2016

Each year in June, residents of Washington State celebrate the return of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community to local waters with an annual Orca Month celebration.  These fish-eating orcas return to the inland waters of the Salish Sea each spring and summer to forage on salmon, which are also returning to the area…

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Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales

As WDC North America’s Conservation and Education Manager, I spend a lot of my time working on outreach projects to educate children and adults about whales and dolphins.  One of my favorite roles is educating boaters about operating safely around whales.  For the past five years I have worked on programs for commercial whale watching…

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Pledge Never to Plunge – The Forgotten Whales

Whales and dolphins are amazing beings.  They are highly intelligent, social, curious and playful, use tools, and even educate their young.  They’re a lot like us in many ways, which can make it tempting to try and forge a personal connection or bond with these magnificent creatures.  In some oceanaria parks, programs are offered that…

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Chasing Rainbows…

Thankfully this particular Rainbow doesn’t need much chasing around to find – it was great to see adoptadolphin star ID#31 “Rainbow” getting a bit lively recently on an early morning tide at Chanonry Point. Rainbow and her son Indigo came to join another of WDC‘s adoption dolphins “Kesslet” ID#433 and her son Charlie, who were…

Forgotten dolphins #1 – Why British Airways must end its support for SeaWorld

There is a glimmer of light at the end of a very dark tunnel. The 29 orcas held in marine parks by SeaWorld will be the last. In March this year, SeaWorld surprised us all with its announcement that it will stop breeding orcas and end the theatrical shows. The corporate giant bowed to public…

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Putting Dolphins First

With its recent announcement that it will absolutely be pursuing the development of a sanctuary for the dolphins in its care, the National Aquarium in Baltimore has solidified its position as an industry leader in redefining and legitimizing a more natural alternative for the managed care of captive dolphins. The Aquarium has revealed its progressive…