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More Dolphin Watching Operators In Hawaii Get SMART

More Dolphin Watching Operators In Hawaii Get SMART

The long running Dolphin SMART programme, of which WDCS is a partner, has continued its...
Southern Indian Ocean humpback whales sing different songs

Southern Indian Ocean humpback whales sing different songs

Scientists have found that humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean sing...
Bridging The Gap…

Bridging The Gap…

Hi Everyone, I'm without a car at the moment so limited to watching for dolphins...
WDCS letter on the Port Access Route Study

WDCS letter on the Port Access Route Study

Docket Management Facility (M–30)U.S. Department of Transportation,West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–1401200 New Jersey Avenue...
Neue Serie: Die Arktis!

Neue Serie: Die Arktis!

Puh, diese Kälte! Aber wusstest du, dass es Regionen auf der Erde gibt, wo es...
Possels Briefwettbewerb: Antworten Auf  Eure Fragen!

Possels Briefwettbewerb: Antworten Auf Eure Fragen!

Hallo ich bin’s Possel. Ja genau, der Postbote, der eure Briefe an Happys Baby überbracht...
Amazing Film Of Whales And Dolphins At Play

Amazing Film Of Whales And Dolphins At Play

We all know that dolphins are playful creatures, but it's not often that we see them...
Almuerzos Amigables Con Las Ballenas: Bueno Para Niños, Fantástico Para Las Ballenas

Almuerzos Amigables Con Las Ballenas: Bueno Para Niños, Fantástico Para Las Ballenas

¿En tu escuela sirven almuerzos “amigables con las ballenas”*? (*en referencia específicamente al pescado que...

Our successes

End captivity

Stop whaling

Create healthy seas

Prevent deaths in nets

Upheld ban on commercial whaling

Thomas Cook ends ticket sales to SeaWorld

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.