Secret lives under the sea

Over 80 different species of whales and dolphins are found throughout the world’s oceans and major river systems. Welcome to their world.

We still know relatively little about many of these species. Some have only been identified from bones and live in the deepest and most remote places in the ocean. Only by finding out more about their lives can we develop meaningful conservation measures that will protect them and their homes.

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The world of whales and dolphins

An introduction to these amazing creatures and their lives beneath the surface. There is so much we still have to learn...

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Meet the whales

Whales come in all shapes and sizes. Some you will probably be familiar with, others are so elusive and rare that even scientists have never seen them!

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Meet the dolphins and porpoises

From the awe-inspiring orca (killer whale) to the tiny vaquita, dolphins and porpoises are incredible. They are perfectly adapted for their aquatic world.

Brain power

Dolphins have long been recognised as having a high degree of intelligence and are often compared to humans and other animals. But how exactly do you measure how intelligent a dolphin is? After all, their needs are very different to ours.

Stories from the surface

We are still learning so much about whales and dolphins. From the discovery of fossils that help tell us how they evolved, to new species being identified, here are some of the latest stories about these amazing creatures.

Blue whales in New Zealand found to be genetically distinct

Blue whales in New Zealand found to be genetically distinct

Blue whales have long been known to frequent the waters around New Zealand but now...
Fossil of new extinct baleen whale discovered in New Zealand

Fossil of new extinct baleen whale discovered in New Zealand

Scientists have discovered a new species of extinct baleen whale after examining a skull and...
Bowhead whales sing jazz songs

Bowhead whales sing jazz songs

New research has revealed that not only do bowhead whales have the most diverse song...
Dolphins in WDC’s adopt a dolphin programme doing well

Dolphins in WDC’s adopt a dolphin programme doing well

According to a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), with research undertaken by Aberdeen...
Scientists record first case of infanticide in orcas

Scientists record first case of infanticide in orcas

For the first time, scientists have recorded an incident in which a male orca deliberately...
Endangered dolphins disappearing from river in Bangladesh

Endangered dolphins disappearing from river in Bangladesh

A population of one of the world's most endangered dolphins is under serious threat in the...
Rare sighting of sperm whale off Vancouver Island

Rare sighting of sperm whale off Vancouver Island

After an absence of more than three decades, a sperm whale has been heard and...
Whales go from 'right-handed' to left

Whales go from 'right-handed' to left

Scientist studying blue whale feeding habits have documented a switch from ‘right-hand’ to left when...

Please support out work to protect and dolphins

By adopting a whale or dolphin, by making a donation, or by fundraising for WDC, you can help us provide a safe future for these amazing creatures.

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Adopt

Adopt a dolphin and help us protect these amazing creatures.

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Your gifts help us take action for whales and dolphins.

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