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Double Your Donation, Double Your Impact for Marine Animal Rescue & Response

WDC celebrated the first year of our Marine Animal Rescue & Response (MARR) program by doubling our response region to over 200 miles of coastline and are now acting as first responders to marine mammals who need help from Plymouth north toward Boston.  A few of WDC’s most dedicated donors were inspired by the doubling…



Double Your Impact for Marine Animal Rescue & Response

On a chilly day this past December, the WDC North America team celebrated the first year of our Marine Animal Rescue and Response (MARR) program with a batch of freshly baked, dolphin-shaped cookies. I was excited – we all were – about the success of our first year, but even more excited about doubling our…


Trialling whale-safe fishing ropes, Scotland

Collaborating with Scotland’s creel fishers to reduce entanglement of minke whales, basking sharks and other marine species through gear modifications. Background to the project Around 28 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises live in or travel through the seas around Scotland. These waters are also important fishing grounds for the creel fishery, which catches crabs,…

Creel pots



WDC responds to stranded striped dolphin on Plymouth Long Beach, MA

WDC’s Stranding Coordinator, Sarah McCormack listens to the heart and lungs during a health assessment. For Immediate Release, February 23, 2023 PLYMOUTH, MA – A striped dolphin was seen swimming close to shore off Plymouth Long Beach in Plymouth, MA on Friday, February 17th.  The dolphin was reported to Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s Marine Animal…


How do whales and dolphins sleep?

Just like us, whales and dolphins, need sleep to survive. For animals who spend their entire lives in the water, you may have wondered, how do they sleep without drowning?  Humans are involuntary breathers because our breathing is automatically controlled by our brainstem. This means that we breathe without thinking about it and breathe automatically even…

Bottlenose dolphins breaching


Petition Seeks Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

For Immediate Release, February 16, 2023 PORTLAND, OR – The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation filed a petition today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. As of the most recent census, just 73 Southern Resident orcas remain, divided among three family groups.  “Southern…

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Vessel Strike Killed Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

A male North Atlantic right whale, 20 years old and 43 feet long, washed up dead in Virginia Beach, VA on 2/12/23. Photo by Center for Biological Diversity. Image is available for media use. For Immediate Release, February 15, 2023 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – A North Atlantic right whale that washed up dead onto the…

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Dead Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Washes Up in Virginia

UPDATE – February 15,2023 NOAA released a statement with necropsy results which reads –  “On February 12, 2023, a dead North Atlantic right whale stranded on Virginia Beach. The whale was identified as a 20-year-old, 43-foot male, catalog # 3343. A thorough multiagency necropsy was conducted and led by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program,…

A dead North Atlantic right whale lies on the shore with ocean seen behind it.


Is an orca (killer whale) a whale or a dolphin?

It’s one of the hottest topics we see discussed online, so please geek out about whales with us for a minute as we dive into the answer: what IS an orca? A whale? A dolphin? The answer may surprise you! Think back to high school science and the idea of Taxonomy: arranging all living organisms…

Group of orcas off Kamchatka, Russia


Captain Regina’s Logbook

Hi! I’m Regina, WDC-NA’s Executive Director and I also have my Captain’s license. This year, I am the skipper for a research project which is studying North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay. This work is is evaluating the growth of right whales by using drones to take images which can be used to…



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