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Dolphins catch fish using giant shell tools


In Shark Bay, Australia, two groups of dolphins have figured out how to use tools to help them catch fish. They are known as the spongers and the shellers. I introduced you to the spongers in a previous blog so today, let’s meet the shellers. Shelling is a skillful fishing technique practiced by a culturally…

A dolphin called Arnie with a shell

3rd January 2023


Did you know that dolphins have unique personalities?


We all have personalities, and between the work Christmas party and your family get-together, perhaps you notice them even more at this time of year! It’s not so different for dolphins – each dolphin has a different character and role in their pod.  Dolphins are intelligent and self-aware, and they clearly enjoy being together. They…

Common dolphins at surface

27th December 2022


Hopes raised for whale and dolphin protection after last minute landmark nature agreement


WDC’s Ed Goodall (far right) at COP15 with Thérèse Coffey (centre) UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Nations from around the world have agreed to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030 in a landmark deal aimed at safeguarding biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to all the Earth’s living things…

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20th December 2022


The power of harbour porpoise poo


We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are funding a pioneering project that’s proving that porpoises are our underwater climate allies too. We are uncovering more and more evidence showing how essential whales are for a healthy marine ecosystem. They are helping us to fight the climate and…

Leaping harbour porpoise


Great Whale Conveyor Belt


Baleen whales undertake some of the longest migrations on Earth.  These extraordinary journeys have a transformative effect on the transport of vital nutrients through the ocean, in a process known as the ‘Great Whale Conveyor Belt.’  Whales transport and release thousands of tonnes of nutrients – including iron and nitrogen, which are vital for species…

Sperm whales

12th September 2022


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 of nature. It’s the end of a motivating and exhausting five days at the second UN Ocean Conference (UNOC). Before the conference started, I went out on the river with Astrid Fuchs and Bianca König (colleagues from WDC Germany) and…

WDC team at UN Ocean conference

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6th July 2022


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 climate conversations at the highest levels. I lead WDC’s ‘Green Whale‘ team and this week I’m at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon talking to policymakers about the vital roles whales play in our fight against the climate crisis.…

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28th June 2022


Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years


As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first to be killed in four years. Hopes remain that the cruel practice will end in 2023 after the country’s Fisheries Minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir cast doubt over its future a few weeks ago, saying that there is now little justification for authorizing…

Majestic fin whales

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24th June 2022


Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia


A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a shark net off the coast of Queensland.. Humpback whales spend the austral summer in Antarctica before migrating north during the winter months to breed and give birth in warmer waters. Their migration route takes them along the east or west…

Humpback whale underwater

16th June 2022


Climate giants – how whales can help save the world


We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family lives, and we are leaning more about them all the time. But we are only beginning to understand that whales are essential in ensuring a healthy ocean and helping us combat climate change. The ocean is our largest carbon sink,…

Humpback whale underwater

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14th June 2022


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