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Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet

We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are...
Fin whales are targeted by Icelandic whalers

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling...

Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...

Support grows for an end to cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium

WDC welcomes recent statements from Vancouver’s Mayor and Park Board Commissioners Constance Barnes and Sarah Blyth, supporting a phase out of whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium currently holds belugas and Pacific white-sided dolphins, the latter imported from Japan in 2001 and 2005, and concerns have been raised about further imports of cetacean individuals as reports suggest the aquarium is looking to create further whale and dolphin exhibits.

As more people become aware of the welfare and conservation risks posed to whales and dolphins by their capture and confinement in captivity, the development of further captive whale and dolphin facilities around the world is being brought increasingly into question. The City of Vancouver would be greatly praised by concerned citizens worldwide and throughout the conservation and scientific community for implementing a position against the keeping of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium.