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Captured by the magic of the Southern Residents

About 20 years ago, my fascination with whales and dolphins began. Traveling around the world to see these majestic mammals in their natural environment has played an important role in my life ever since. Hector’s dolphins in New Zealand, humpback whales in Australia and the United States, Southern Right whales in South Africa, a blue whale in the Azores – every encounter is special. One place, however, had captured my heart many years ago and I was very excited when I finally had the chance to go there: Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island in Washington State, USA.

WDC reward provided in successful prosecution of dolphin crime

The US Department of Justice recently announced the successful prosecution of two perpetrators of a dolphin crime involving the shooting of bottlenose dolphins with a hunting bow. The incident involved brothers who shot at two dolphins who had stranded near Orangefield, Texas with a compound bow in July 2014. One dolphin was fatally wounded, and the other was subsequently rescued by wildlife agents and returned to more suitable habitat. The brothers plead guilty to federal wildlife violations of taking a marine mammal in a Texas courtroom on February 17th.

Pacific Whale Foundation Newest Dolphin SMART Operator

WDC and program partners have continued expansion of the Dolphin SMART conservation program in Hawaii on the island of Maui. Dolphin SMART is a voluntary outreach and stewardship program that awards annual recognition to tour operators who responsibly view wild dolphins and educate their patrons on dolphin conservation. Dolphin SMART is a partnership program developed by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Dolphin Ecology Project.

WDC Petitions - what you do matters!

There are a lot of petitions on the web these days – quite a few on our own website – focusing on many different topics.  It can be hard to keep up with all of them, and sometimes you might not know what happens after you add your name, or even if it matters that you did.  When you sign a WDC petition, your name and support really makes a difference.  If you’ve been following our “Don’t Let Orcas Be Dammed” campaign, you know that we are supporting PacifiCorp’s commitment to taking down four dams on the Klama

Journey to the Ross Sea #5

February 16th

We have now been four days at sea and still have three to go until we reach Antarctica and the Ross Sea. Last night the weather took a turn for the worse and we were met with 60 knot winds gusting to 95. Some of the waves crashing over the bow were 14 metres high as we crossed the Polar Convergence at 60 degrees South and entered the biological and political boundary of Antarctica.

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