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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...

Captive beluga loses first calf

Earlier this year, we shared the sad news that Qinu, a beluga held at Georgia Aquarium, was pregnant with her first calf – a continuation of the horrible legacy of captivity.  Unfortunately, Georgia Aquarium has reported that Qinu’s calf died before birth.  This news comes after SeaWorld Orlando also announced the death of a newborn beluga calf this summer; another beluga was born at SeaWorld San Antonio this fall.

Belugas, like other whales and dolphins, are intelligent and social beings not suited to a life in captivity.  Many captive belugas sadly endure unsuccessful pregnancies or lose their calves at young ages.  The low survival rate of captive baby belugas is just one example of why belugas do not fare well in a tank.  After losing a multi-year battle to import wild-caught belugas from Russia, Georgia Aquarium committed to no longer take whales or dolphins from the wild.  We hope this most recent loss will inspire them to also end their captive breeding program before another beluga is forced to suffer the loss of her offspring.

You can help WDC end captivity for all whales and dolphins.  Sign our Pledge Never to Plunge with captive whales and dolphins and support our efforts to create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.