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Celebrating women in science – WDC board members

Women in science - WDC board members The women in science blog series aims to...
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Celebrating women in science – Bri

Women in science - Bri The women in science blog series aims to celebrate women...

Celebrating women in science – Heidi

Women in science - Heidi The women in science blog series aims to highlight women...
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Celebrating women in science – Alexcia

Women in science - Alexcia The women in science blog series aims to celebrate women...
Rob Lott WDC

Take action for Oregon’s orcas

Just 74 endangered Southern Resident orcas remain and they need your voice to increase protections...
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Behind the scenes with field director Paul Satchell

Behind the scenes with field director Paul Satchell Paul Satchell, field director on Episode 1,...
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Endangered Southern Resident orca calf likely deceased

© Center for Whale Research January 29, 2024 - The Center for Whale Research (CWR)...
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Whale and Dolphin Conservation endorses the SWIMS Act to phase out whale captivity in the US

January 30, 2024 - On January 30, representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzan...

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.

A world where every whale and dolphin is safe & free

There are 3 vital ways that we are fighting for the survival of whales and dolphins.

Together we can:

Japanese whaler with harpoon hunting minke whales

Whaling and captivity

Whales and dolphins should live free and healthy lives.

Humpback whale tail in Antarctica

Why whales and dolphins matter

Whales play a vital role in the health of the marine ecosystem and the planet.

man attempting to free common dolphin from fishing gear

Create safe seas

Vessels and fishing gear accidentally harm over 650,000 marine mammals each year