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North Atlantic right whale fluking

Six Questions With Dr. Michael Moore

We talked with Dr. Michael Moore of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution about his new book...
RIP Winter (2)

Rest In Peace Winter, 2005-2021

Winter the dolphin was born off the coast of Florida in 2005 where it was...
Peter Flood

Court Rejects Federal Attempt to Sink Right Whale Ship Strike Lawsuit

WASHINGTON- A federal court on Wednesday rejected the Biden administration's effort to dismiss a lawsuit...
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Enter to win a copy of “We Are All Whalers”

Synopsis of "We Are All Whalers" Relating his experiences caring for endangered whales, a veterinarian...
Tilikum in captivity

Expedia No Longer Endorsing Interactions or Performances By Whales and Dolphins

WDC welcomes the news from online travel company Expedia Groups that they've updated their animal...
Humpback whale breaches out of the water

COP26 -Save the whales, save the world!

COP26 - the UN Climate Change Conference kicked off this week in Glasgow. This global...
Ramari Steward and nihongore skeleton Credit: Tanya Cumberland

Newly discovered whale species – introducing Ramari’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon eueu)!

Ramari Steward and nihongore skeleton Credit: Tanya Cumberland New species of whale includes "traditional" naming...

New population estimate deal another blow to critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

A new population estimate released by the New England Aquarium indicates the population of North...

Our successes

End captivity

Stop whaling

Create healthy seas

Prevent deaths in nets

Upheld ban on commercial whaling

Greater protection for Hector's dolphins

Reducing fishing gear threat to right whales

Whale meat no longer moved through EU ports

Marine protected area created in Bangladesh

UK commits to reduce death in nets

Marine protected area created in Antarctica

US import of captured beluga whale stopped

Speed limit for ships along the US east coast

Harbour porpoise homes protected in UK

Online whale meat sales stopped in Japan

World's first beluga whale sanctuary

We work with partners from all sectors to secure a future where whales and dolphins are safe and free.

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Every whale and dolphin - safe & free

There are 4 vital ways that we are fighting for the survival of whales and dolphins.

Together we can:

oeca whale with its mouth open being fed at seaworld

End captivity

Whales and dolphins have a right to live free and healthy lives. These highly intelligent individuals should not suffer for human entertainment.

Japanese whaler with harpoon hunting minke whales

Stop whaling

Commercial whaling is illegal. And yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales.

Humpback whale tail sticking out of the water, an action called fluking

Create healthy seas

Commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling, and shipping are threatening the lives of whales and dolphins.

man attempting to free common dolphin from fishing gear

Prevent deaths in fishing gear

Thousands of whales and dolphins are accidentally killed in fishing gear every year.