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Staccato’s story of resilience

© WDC, BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO by Courtney M. Leonard © WDC, BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO by Courtney M. Leonard Broken ribs This February, the WDC team got the opportunity to visit an art exhibition about the life of Staccato (#1014), a North Atlantic right whale killed by a vessel strike in 1999.…

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WDC in Japan – Part 6: Lessons learned

I spent three weeks of travelling around Japan to find allies and get an up-to-date impression of Japanese whaling, and my experiences and conversations I had have given me a better understanding of why whales and dolphins are still being killed today and what we need to do to end the hunts. It’s not going to be easy but, with the right approach, I believe it’s possible.

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Vessel strike technology workshop

Calf of Juno © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute © Forever Hooked Charters of South Carolina, injured North Atlantic right whale 2024 calf of Juno (#1612) seen with injuries on the head, mouth, and left lip consistent with vessel strike. Detection and mitigation My heart broke when I heard the news that Juno’s calf did…

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Minor entanglements cause major harm

Accidental entanglements in fishing gear are the largest threat to the recovery of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. To reduce the chances of a whale dying in gear, regulations have focused on reducing the breaking strength of gear, assuming that weaker rope may harm, but not kill whales. However, newly released research contradicts that…

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We’re working with Michelin to take whales off the menu

As we prepared to launch our Change The Course campaign, urging Michelin to stop endorsing restaurants that serve whale meat, we had an early breakthrough. Senior Michelin staff travelled from Paris to London to meet us, and following on from our constructive meetings, they are keen to work with us. Now, we need you to show them that the public supports their willingness to improve global food chain security in the restaurant industry.

Baird's beaked whale © Adrian Shephard

Beaked whales have culture, too

Over the past decade, the world of whale and dolphin culture has been a hot topic for scientists. They’ve been exploring how these magnificent beings share unique behaviours with one another. While the spotlight has often shone on well-known species like humpbacks and orcas, we’re now uncovering, that a lesser-known group, the beaked whales, have unique cultures, too.