WDC, together with the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), is calling for a long overdue decision on a network of fully protected marine protected areas in the Antarctic that would feature the Ross Sea, home of possible new species of killer whales, minke whales and much more.
WDC has welcomed the announcement from the European Commission that the UK government should make an urgent move to protect important harbour porpoise habitats in its waters.
WDC has been calling on the UK and devolved governments to protect harbour porpoises for many years and, in 2013, provided the UK government with a report titled ‘Making space for porpoises, dolphins and whales in UK seas’.
US airline Virgin America, which was founded by Richard Branson, has announced that it is to drop a scheme that allows its customers to earn points toward travel when they spend money at SeaWorld parks. Virgin America, still part owned by Branson, is the latest in a line of big company names to cut certain ties with SeaWorld following global public backlash against keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. Recently, both Southwest Airlines and student travel firm, STA both announced changes in the their relationship with SeaWorld.
Shrinking dolphin populations in UK waters may be causing one species to mate with another according to WDC research.
WDC has recently released the first documented proof of hybridisation between wild dolphins in UK waters, where one species mates with a completely different species.
WDC are supportive of efforts to reduce climate impacts and move away from the use of fossil fuels. However, the decision by Scottish Ministers today to consent these four offshore wind farms off the Forth and Tay on the east coast of Scotland will drive another nail in the coffin of the local harbour seal population.
A new species of whale that may have been discovered off the coast of Florida in the United States could also be the most endangered species in the world.
Simon Cowell, executive producer and judge on TV talent show The X Factor, has promised to stop the future broadcast of scenes involving X Factor contestants swimming with dolphins following an online public petition.
A preview for next weekend's Xtra Factor episodes, filmed at judges' houses, shows the final six boys attending a dolphin show, as well as swimming with them. Cowell has reacted to the public outcry by tweeting: "I had no idea Xtra Factor producers filmed with dolphins. This will NOT be showed on Saturday."
WDC has expressed disappointment over today’s statement by Virgin Holidays that the company will continue to work with aquariums, such as SeaWorld, which confine whales and dolphins in small tanks for so-called ‘entertainment’.