On the 1st April 1998, Sea World, San Diego, USA released a gray whale calf back into the wild after she had been in captivity for over 14 months. The whale, named 'JJ', was nearly dead when she stranded last year, alone on the shores of California and barely a week old, after either being abandoned or losing her mother. She was taken to Sea World where she was cared for and nursed back to health. When she arrived at Sea World she weighed just over 1,600 pounds, when she left she weighed over 18,000 pounds.
International swimmer Sharron Davies, children's presenter Michaela Strachan and children's wildlife expert Chris Packham have all joined forces with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) to launch its biggest campaign ever to highlight the dangers faced by British whales, dolphins and porpoises.
There are eleven species of whale and dolphin regularly seen off the coast of the United Kingdom. Two of these, the bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise, are mainly inshore species and spend much of their time within a few hundred metres of the coastline.