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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…



Looking forward for Southern Resident orcas in 2023

Hysazu Photography 2022 was a big year for Southern Resident orcas – 2022 brought the final decision to remove the Klamath River dams in Oregon and California, which will give its salmon, a crucial food source for the orcas, a much-needed boost.   Built early in the 1900s, the Klamath dams did not have fish passage…



Let’s learn about whales and dolphins! WDC’s education and outreach team visit classrooms and community events to talk with people about the important role whales play in our ocean ecosystem. We often bring Delilah, our life-sized inflatable right whale to meet new faces and give people the unique experience of going inside a whale! We…



Biden Administration Sinks Emergency Petition to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

Image: Peter Flood For Immediate Release, January 20, 2023 WASHINGTON– The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today denied an emergency petition that sought to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by vessels in their calving grounds off the coast of the southeast United States. The species is down to…

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Amazon Announces End of AmazonSmile Program

Amazon announced on January 19th, 2023 that it is ending its AmazonSmile donation program by February 20th.  The program allowed Amazon customers to make donations while shopping online. 0.5% of each qualifying purchase was donated to the charity of their choosing with WDC being one of the charities available. In a statement, Amazon said “with…


Automated cruelty – vending machines in Japan now dispense dead whale

In an effort to prop up the cruel and declining whaling industry in Japan, one company is desperately attempting to increased consumption of whale meat by selling it via vending machines. Kyodo Senpaku Co., a Tokyo-based major whaling operator, is opening four unmanned Kujira (whale) vending machine stores selling whale meat and processed whale meat…

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