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Experts identify ocean areas requiring urgent conservation measures


Scientists and marine experts from around the world have set out new Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in the ocean and have called for governments to take action now to utilise them in marine spatial planning, the creation of marine protected areas, and for performing environmental impact assessments. The IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task…

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28th February 2024


Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations


Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine wildlife areas on the planet have been expanded. A decision to further protect the nutrient-rich waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) was taken by the UK and local governments after a campaign WDC supported as part…

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27th February 2024


Scientists solve mystery of whale song


One of the big mysteries surrounding exactly how some of the great whales are able to sing has been solved by scientists. Baleen whales (those without teeth), such as the humpback and blue whale, are well known for their complex and haunting underwater vocal calls that can reach thousands of miles through the ocean. But…

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22nd February 2024


Alpha Travel Insurance supports WDC’s journey to save and protect whales and dolphins across the globe


Alpha Travel Insurance is inspiring globe trotters to make more sustainable choices wherever their adventure takes them, supporting WDC’s mission to create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. In 2017 Alpha removed ‘swim with dolphin’ experiences for travelers from their policies and activity packs, to support WDC’s policy against this…

Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

21st February 2024


Success! We help secure higher protection for endangered porpoise at UN meeting


Iberian and Baltic harbour porpoises face extinction without urgent action We are very excited to report that our work with other partner organisations has helped secure the highest level of protection for a critically endangered population of common harbour porpoise in the central Baltic Sea. Only a few hundred of these porpoises are left alive…

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15th February 2024


Respite for dolphins in the Bay of Biscay


Hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins die in fishing nets annually. It’s known as ‘bycatch’ and more than 9,000 common dolphins fall victim to this grim fate in the Bay of Biscay every year. Now, after years of campaigning, a glimmer of hope emerges as the French government has finally taken some action that could save thousands of dolphins.

Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

13th February 2024


Listen to whales at our new exhibition


We are thrilled to unveil a brand-new interactive exhibition at the Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay. Award winning wildlife photographer Charlie Phillips officially opened the exciting new space where people of all ages can discover more about the fascinating world of whales and dolphins, the threats they face, and our  work to protect them.…

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9th February 2024


Norway’s government ignores science and increases whale kill quotas


Norway’s government has increased the total number of whales allowed to be killed by hunters this season to 1157 individuals – 157 more than last year. Norway continues these cruel minke whale hunts by ‘objecting’ to the global ban on commercial whaling. The whalers carry out this slaughter despite falling demand for whale meat in the…

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7th February 2024


Ramari’s beaked whale


See all species Ramari’s beaked whale is the latest species of whale or dolphin to be discovered When the body of a pregnant beaked whale turned up on the coast of New Zealand in 2011, it was first thought to be a True’s beaked whale. However, a few years later scientists were able to identify…

Artist impression Ramiri's beaked whale

6th February 2024


We’re working within Norway to end whaling


More whales are killed each year by Norwegian whalers than in Japan and Iceland. But we’ve learnt that international protests and criticism won’t end the hunts. Change must come from within Norway. So, we’re adopting a fresh approach by working with likeminded organisations and activists in Norway to inspire Norwegian people to bring an end to the hunts.

Lottie and Ed outside the Norwegian parliament

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