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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...
We need whale poo ? WDC NA

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...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
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...

A Happy New Year for Orcas!

Rumors started swirling Tuesday afternoon about a possible new baby seen in J pod of the Southern Residents, and we thrilled to share the official news from the Center for Whale Research – J16, Slick, has been seen with a brand new youngster at her side!

Slick is an experienced mother who is usually seen with her three living offspring (Mike, Alki, and Echo) – at an estimated 42 years old, she was a young orca herself when the annual census began in the early 70s.

After the recent tragic death of Rhapsody, another J pod member, earlier this month and the heartbreaking loss of an L pod baby this past fall, this is a ray of hope at the end of a rough year for the Southern Residents. 

Help make 2015 a Happy New Year for these orcas and sign our petition – we won’t let the new baby be dammed!

December 31 Update: The newest addition to J pod will be designated J50, and will be given a name sometime next year.  Researchers first spotted the new baby yesterday afternoon, swimming in Slick’s slipstream, looking healthy and full of energy!