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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network...
Hysazu Photography | Sara Shimazu

Dam Good News for Southern Resident orcas

Pardon the pun (we've used it before) but we just can't help ourselves.  After decades...
Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Mosquito Danger To Captive Orcas

captive orcaOrcas that are in captivity are at risk from mosquitos that can carry deadly viruses.

Evidence revealed by WDCS and two ex-SeaWorld orca trainers shows that Kanduke and Taku, two orcas held at SeaWorld parks in America, died from viruses that are carried and passed on by mosquitos.

The trouble in captivity is that orcas spend much more time floating at the surface of the water than they do in the wild. This means that mosquitos can land and bite the orcas, infecting them with dangerous viruses.

With so many wonderful places around the world to see whales and dolphins in the wild, WDCS encourages you not to visit marine parks or aquariums that keep whales and dolphins in captivity.

You can read the Jett and Ventre paper here

Learn more about whales and dolphins in captivity.

Join our origami challenge to help captive dolphins in Europe.