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Hooded seal

See all species Hooded seal Hooded seals have the shortest weaning period of any mammal at just 3-5 days after birth. This is due to the fast rate at which pups reach sufficient weight and energy reserves (NOAA). Other names: Bladder-nosed seal; Blue-backs Male Female Pup Maximum length 2.9m 2.3m 1.1m Maximum weight 400kg 300kg…


Harbor seal

See all species Harbor seal Unlike other seal species, harbor seal mothers hunt while nursing and leave their pups alone on land. When they return, they find their pup by listening for their unique call and when they get close enough sniff out their pup’s distinctive scent. (NOAA) Other names: Common seals; harbour seals; sea…

Gray seal

See all species Gray seal Gray seals are the only true seal species to mate on land. Other pinniped species that land-breed are fur seals, sea lions, and elephant seals. (Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals 2nd Edition 2009) Other names: Horsehead seals; grey seals Male Female Calf Maximum length 2.5m 2.1m 1.1m Maximum weight 400kg 250kg…

Harp seal

See all species Harp seal Harp seals are a victim of the annual Canadian seal hunt, with several thousand seals being killed each year. Harp seal pups, referred to by hunters as ‘whitecoats,’ were commercially hunted until 1987. (Seal Conservation Society) Other names: Saddleback seal; whitecoats; beaters Adult Pup Maximum length 1.9m 1.1m Maximum weight…

Birth announcement! First right whale calf of the 2024 calving season spotted

November 29, 2023 – On November 28th, researchers from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute spotted Juno and her new little baby off South Carolina. Juno, named for the Roman goddess, is 38 years old and this is her 8th known calf. While most birth announcements include a gender reveal, the announcement of a new…

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Giving whales a voice at COP28

WDC is at COP28 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference – in the United Arab Emirates. Whales are climate giants, playing a crucial role in maintaining a healthy ocean – vital for a sustainable planet. In life and in death, our enormous underwater allies combat the impact of carbon on our climate. While global…

We're at COP28 to Save the Whale, Save the World.



We’re taking steps to uncover the mysteries of whales

Vicki James Vicki is WDC’s protected areas coordinator, she helps to create safe ocean spaces for whales and dolphins to swim freely. Vicki also leads our Green Whale science work to identify and fill gaps in our whale and dolphin knowledge. VIEW ALL VICKI’S BLOGS Whales are more than just remarkable beings – they are…

Gray whales from drone.

Two New England-based nonprofits awarded nearly $400k federal grant

© Peter Flood November 20, 2023 – Contact: Jake O’Neill, Conservation Law Foundation, (617) 850-1709, [email protected] Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Conservation Law Foundation secure federal grant to improve on-demand fishing gear Massachusetts-based conservation organizations, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) are…

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A first time whale watch that led to many more

A first time whale watch that led to many more © Susan, a very foggy whale watch in 1979 Susan Montgrain’s story A life-changing postcard I grew up in Rhode Island, not too far from Cape Cod Massachusetts. I didn’t really know anything about whales until one day, when I was about 15, I went…


Meet our new Commonwealth Corp team members

Meet our new Commonwealth Corp team members About Commonwealth Corp Commonwealth Corps works with partner organizations focusing on providing workforce development, health & nutrition, education, youth development, & veteran support. Their mission is to strengthen communities by engaging people through volunteerism. Volunteers serve 10 months in full or half time positions and are sourced from…


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