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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

WDC joins NGOs to lobby Japanese PM as drive hunt season opens today

Today marks the beginning of yet another slaughter season in Japan for hundreds of dolphins.  In Taiji, dolphins are herded into the notorious Cove, where some are hand-picked for a miserable lifetime in captivity, while the rest of their family pod is slaughtered – for a meat market that barely exists. 

In December, Japan will once again send its whaling vessels to Antarctica to slaughter several hundred minke whales in the name of “research”.  Their meat will be destined for the Japan market, although much will be put into cold storage as demand for whale meat is so low.

WDC, along with 22 colleague NGOS from around the world, has signed a letter initiated by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project, calling on Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to end the slaughter of dolphins and whales. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP! Please support our work to end the drive hunts. Sign our petition to stop airlines transporting dolphins, captured during the Taiji hunts, to captive facilities in China, Japan and elsewhere.