August 29, 2018- Over the weekend, a family boating off Martha’s Vineyard located a whale carcass and was understandably excited to witness nature in action as sharks scavenged the remains. However, the circle of life sighting was far less welcome to the conservation community once it was determined that the dead whale was a North Atlantic right whale, making this the 19th known mortality in the past 16 months. No apparent cause of death could be determined due to the decomposition of the carcass; however, researchers obtained genetic samples in hopes of identifying the whale to a known
A new thirty-year study, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation with the universities of St Andrews and Exeter, reveals dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild – like ‘walking’ on water.
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Two whales landed today, the 24th of August, are a suspected hybrid of a blue and fin whale and yet another pregnant fin whale. This takes the tally so far to 99 killed adult whales (including hybrids but excluding fetuses.)
Whales and dolphins are known to grieve for their dead but Southern Resident orca J35, known as Tahlequah, carried her dead new-born in a record ordeal of 17 days, swimming 1,000 miles with her family.
Her tour of grief has been followed by people around the world since her calf died a short time after being born on July 24th.
Online video games platform Humble Bundle has announced further support for WDC's work to end the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity through its charity of the month programme.
Funds will be raised across a range of games, software and book bundles, and through the Humble store for the month of August. Humble Bundle’s unique system allows you to only pay what you want for a bundle and also choose how much goes to charity.
A computer simulator that resembles a video game could save the endangered St. Lawrence beluga whales. The simulator will help scientists to enter data about beluga whales and ships to evaluate and understand how much time each whale spends in the acoustic range of a vessel.
We are delighted that travel industry giant, Thomas Cook has done the right thing and dropped SeaWorld in the United States and Loro Parque in Tenerife. This follows a three month ultimatum to improve welfare standards for the orcas and dolphins they hold.
We are delighted to announce that Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has agreed to become a WDC Patron.
Jerome is well-known for his role as skilled mercenary Bronn of the Blackwater in the global TV hit, Game of Thrones. He also starred in ITV’s Soldier Soldier and Ripper Street. Aside from acting both on TV and stage, he is a big animal lover and long-term supporter of WDC.
He is not only a passionate campaigner for whale and dolphin protection against the increasing threats they face but also raises awareness of the need for responsible whale watching in the wild.