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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

Bangladesh declares its first marine protected area

The government of Bangladesh has created the country’s first marine protected area in the seas of the Bay of Bengal, which will now help to safeguard the whales, dolphins, and other marine species that live there.

The area, known as the ‘Swatch of No Ground’, spans 672 square miles (1,738 square kilometres), with a depth of more than 900 metres. It is home to species such as Irrawaddy dolphins, finless porpoises, Pacific humpback dolphins, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, and Bryde’s whales.

This  landmark decision was kick-started by WDC when, in 2005 we provided vital funds for initial research in the area. Protection of threatened whales and dolphins in Bangladesh can serve to prevent species extinction.