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Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...

SeaWorld petition targeting British Airways supported by 50,000

A petition on the change.org website posted by WDC supporter, Kathleen Haase, has been signed by over 50,000 people. The petition calls on British Airways to break ties with SeaWorld, similar to WDC’s campaign urging Virgin to do the same. British Airways also sells tickets to SeaWorld to people booking holidays through them. British Airways does not carry whales and dolphins captured from the wild on its aircraft and WDC supports this campaign calling on them to extend their policy to address growing concerns about whale and dolphin captivity. 

The petition marks one of the more recent campaigns focused on SeaWorld’s incarceration of orcas for entertainment, ahead of a two-day meeting taking place this week in the United States and organised by Virgin, to look at the future of captive whale and dolphin tourism. WDC will be represented at the meeting along with other NGOs, travel industry representatives and businesses such as SeaWorld. A recent report from SeaWorld’s Jim Atchison suggests SeaWorld has not imported wild-caught whales and dolphins for three decades. WDC wonders how that position will be upheld with SeaWorld currently seeking to import wild-caught belugas from Russia, as part of a proposal by the Georgia Aquarium, denied by the US government but currently undergoing appeal.