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Marine Animal Rescue and Response: Tales From the Field

Marine Animal Rescue and Response: Tales From the Field

Hi! My name is Sarah and I am the coordinator for WDC’s newest program – Marine Animal Rescue and Response (MARR)! I want to thank everyone who has sent encouraging messages, made generous donations, and supported us as get this program up and running during this first year of helping stranded seals, whales, and dolphins!…

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Meet the 2022 Interns: Alexi Archer

I am thrilled to welcome Alexi to WDC as the newest member of our Marine Animal Rescue and Response team. Alexi, who recently completed her master’s degree in marine science, has ample experience with community outreach, with an emphasis on human-marine mammal interactions – a skill we will rely on as we spread the word…

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Meet the 2022 Interns: Saya Butani

I’m happy to welcome the newest member of the WDC team, Saya Butani, who is this year’s Conservation Outreach intern! Saya had an action-packed first week where she attended a stakeholder meeting and went on her first ever whale watch! She is already putting her creativity skills to good use by developing promotional material for…

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Meet the 2022 Interns: Sierra Osborne

I’m delighted to introduce WDC’s Conservation Education intern for Summer 2022, Sierra Osborne! Without hesitation, Sierra dove right into our education work. On her second day, she helped facilitate our Orca Team-Building program to kindergarten students in a fun and meaningful way! Sierra is thoughtful, forward-thinking. and reflective, which gives her the ability to offer…

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Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don’t look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and chubby cheeks, they certainly stand out in a crowd. They never set a flipper in the ocean – home is the fresh, flowing waters of three mighty South American river basins: the Amazon, Orinoco and Tocantins-Araguaia. The botos’ magnificent realm…

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West Coast Whale Watching with Maya Higa

“We need someone to go on a whale watch in Monterey.” Well, I’ve never been to California and I love watching whales! As we chatted about an incredible outreach and fundraising opportunity with WDC-UK and the Twitch streamer Maya Higa, it was a simple “yes!” for me! We first partnered with Maya Higa in 2020…

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The secrets of orca beach life

Orcas at the seabed

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Cameras allow our partners at OrcaLab to take you right into the orcas’ fascinating, hidden world … Orcas are deeply cultural beings: the ultimate team players, it’s difficult not to admire their devotion…

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Meet the 2022 Interns: JJ Cruz

I’m excited to introduce WDC’s first ever Marine Animal Rescue and Response intern, JJ! He may be new to the marine mammal response business, but his natural curiosity and sense of adventure have been on display with each field response. JJ’s extensive experience with wildlife videography and photography has already been put to good use,…

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Is an orca (killer whale) a whale or a dolphin?

Image taken from an unmanned hexacopter at >100ft during a research collaboration between NOAA/SWFSC, SR3 and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091. It’s one of the hottest topics we see discussed online, so please geek out about whales with us for a minute as we dive into the answer: what…

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