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Unravelling the mysteries of Risso’s dolphins – WDC in action

Unravelling the mysteries of Risso’s dolphins – WDC in action

To save whales, dolphins and porpoises, we must protect their homes. The waters surrounding the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides are a crucial habitat for Risso’s dolphins, and our efforts led to them being declared a marine protected area, or MPA. But our work there is far from over. We’ve been returning every year to study these remarkable dolphins, because the more we understand, the better we can protect them.

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Breaking barriers for whales and dolphins at the Convention of Migratory Species

Group of orcas at surface

Many species of whales, dolphins and porpoises undertake long journeys, encountering human-made obstacles along the way. Danger lurks in various forms from fishing nets to harpoons, underwater noise to chemical and plastic pollution. I’ve just returned from a gathering of global scientists trying to find ways to allow them to travel freely. Species without borders A…

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The state of river dolphin conservation

Amazon river dolphins leaping

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we partner with conservationists and communities fighting to save river dolphins in their home countries. One of these collaborations is with WWF, with whom we’re working with to save river dolphin species and populations around the world. With all species either critically endangered or endangered, and the baiji (or Yangtze…

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Helping fishers protect dolphins in Sarawak, Borneo

Irrawaddy dolphin

Fishing nets are bad news for dolphins and porpoises, so we’re working with local fishers in Hong Kong and Sarawak, Borneo to save lives and make sure they can coexist. The rivers of Sarawak, a state on the northwest tip of the southeast Asian island of Borneo, are home to Irrawaddy dolphins, Indo-Pacific finless porpoises…

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When porpoises and people overlap

We’re funding a project in Hong Kong that’s working with fishing communities to help save the vulnerable finless porpoises who share the sea with them. When you picture Hong Kong, you probably think about a thriving business and banking metropolis, but did you know that living there, within some of the busiest waters in the…

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Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me ‘why’ whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I’m a whale and dolphin scientist and so it’s my job to know stuff like that. Over recent days, the world has watched the heart-breaking scenes on two remote New Zealand beaches as almost 500 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded.…

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Tragic tale of the UK orcas facing extinction

If you watched David Attenborough’s Extinction: The Facts, you’ll have heard the tragic account of the group of orcas known as the West Coast Community. They face almost certain extinction because of human chemical pollution.  These orcas spend their time between Scotland, Wales and Ireland and until 2016 it was believed that there were nine…

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