WDC is proud to help honor one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy through our work and would like to share what their family shared with us regarding the upcoming anniversary of their loss. The families of those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting express their gratitude for the global outpouring of support they have received in the past year and ask for privacy this weekend. They ask specifically that "On the one year mark of that horrific day, we know that many people across the country will be thinking of the children and educators so tragical
When we became aware of a new toy (Dolphin Cruiser) being marketed by LEGO which involves play dolphins, boats, and fish (labeled as dolphin food), along with an online animated game that allows you to “build your own water scooter and go waterskiing with dolphins,” our concerns were immediately raised and detailed in a letter to LEGO headquarters in Denmark and its international corporate relations team. WDC is deeply involved with wild dolphin harassment and feeding issues, especially in the U.S.
Earlier this year, the Hawai'i Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, Inc. submitted a petition to the federal government seeking to identify the North Pacific population of humpback whales as one distinct population segment (DPS) and then have this DPS removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Moby Dick may be the most famous white whale, but belugas are the true snowy natives of the sea. They don’t always have their strikingly bright skin shade, however. Belugas are born dark blueish or brownish gray, and gradually lighten as they age, until they are the solid white that they’re famous for. Even then, they keep some of the darker pigment around the very edges of their flukes and flippers. Their bright white appearance is an adaptation that helps them blend in among the arctic ice, giving them a little extra protection
In the North American office of WDC, we have spent the last year focused on The Act Right Now campaign, the goal of which was to ensure federal protections for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Specifically, the Federal Ship Strike Rule (which was established in 2008 and requires large ships to slow down in the known habitats of right whales), which was set to expire this coming Monday (December 9th ). Research showed that in the 5 years since it was enacted, this rule was key in reducing the numbe
Oh Russia. Why? As media attention turns once again towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, the spotlight falls on the host city - the resort of Sochi on the Black Sea. In a series of spectacularly ill-advised public relations stunts, the Russian organising committee has shown it is not only out of touch with the rest of the world but is also at odds with the International Olympic Committee’s own environmental mandate!
Andrew Darby, author and friend of the whales, reports that 'Australian scientists have tracked a minke whale from the Great Barrier Reef deep into the subantarctic for the first time'.
It seems Blackfish has struck another blow against Sea World and the keeping of orcas.
It can be very hard to find whales in the wild – they spend very little time at the surface, and not much of their body comes out of the water when they do break the line between our world and theirs. The bright white bodies of beluga whales are easy to see from a distance when they are at the surface, but they usually appear as tiny white dots that emerge and are gone again in as little as three seconds – maybe it was just an ice floe! Belugas lack a distinguishing feature that helps whale-watchers find other species (like orcas)
A new toy by LEGO, the “Dolphin Cruiser,” and the accompanying online game encourages both feeding and interacting with wild dolphins – the fish included in the toy are even referred to as “dolphin food.” LEGO is a worldwide and well-loved company that usually encourages imaginative play, but this toy teaches children illegal and irresponsible beh