As well as protecting whales and dolphins, and campaigning to stop the threats they face on a daily basis, WDCS is also working towards recognizing rights for these creatures. What does that mean?
Science now shows us just how intelligent some whales and dolphins are and that they often live in close social groups, some passing on knowledge from one generation to the next, that they play games just for fun, and we even know that some are smart enough to use tools; bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, put sponges on their beaks to find prey. Groups of humpback whales have even been discovered picking up the songs of other social groups, in a similar way to how pop songs are transmitted between our own cultures.
So, we think they deserve their own rights and we have been telling the world this week: