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.

Rare white dolphin returns to California

Rare white dolphin returns to California

A rare white Risso's dolphin has been sighted in Monterey Bay in California, nearly two years...
Dolphins pose and flirt to get a partner

Dolphins pose and flirt to get a partner

Researchers from the University of Western Australia seem to have uncovered the reason behind unusual...
Early whales hearing similar to land animals

Early whales hearing similar to land animals

Whales and dolphins are renowned for their sensitive hearing but new research published in Current...
New estimate for Mediterranean sperm whale population

New estimate for Mediterranean sperm whale population

A study by the International Fund for Animal Welfare had produced a new estimate for...

Please support our 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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Donate

Your gifts help us take action for whales and dolphins.

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