Right Whales: A Love Story- The Right Way to Save the Right Whale

Changing policies to help protect North Atlantic right whales is not just something that is important to WDC; we have been collaborating and joining forces with other conservation organizations to make a real impact for this critically endangered species.  

This week's Love Story episode comes from Sharon Young, the Marine Issues Field Director for the Human Society of the United States and speaks to the importance of working together and creating a village to save this critically endangered species.

Journey to the Ross Sea #6

As we head into the Ross Sea and journey past 70 degrees South both the weather and the internet connection become erratic!

These last few days at sea have been truly magical as the Last Ocean slowly reveals her secrets. Along the shore, Adelie penguin rookeries continue to colonise that same prime real estate of ice-free rock where the explorers of the Heroic Age built their huts a century ago.

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.


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