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About whales & dolphins

Welcome to the world of whales and dolphins

We still know relatively little about many of these species. Some have only been identified from bones and live in the deepest and most remote places in the ocean. Only by finding out more about their lives can we develop meaningful conservation measures that will protect them and their homes.

Blue whale blowing air out of blowhole

The world of whales and dolphins

An introduction to these amazing creatures and their lives beneath the surface. There is so much we still have to learn...

North Atlantic right whale

Meet the whales

Whales come in all shapes and sizes. Some you will probably be familiar with, others are so elusive and rare that even scientists have never seen them!

two dolphins diving down out of the water

Meet the dolphins

From the awe-inspiring orca (killer whale) to the tiny franciscana, dolphins are incredible. They are perfectly adapted for their aquatic world.

Harbour porpoise diving back into the water

Meet the porpoises

Porpoises are smaller than most dolphins and generally shy. The seven species includes the vaquita, the most endangered species of cetacean.

Brain Power

Dolphins have long been recognised as having a high degree of intelligence and are often compared to humans and other animals. But how exactly do you measure how intelligent a dolphin is? After all, their needs are very different to ours.

Stories from the surface

We are still learning so much about whales and dolphins. From the discovery of fossils that help tell us how they evolved, to new species being identified, here are some of the latest stories about these amazing creatures.

Record sighting of Bowhead whales reported

Record sighting of Bowhead whales reported

Passengers onboard a ship navigating through the edge of sea ice between Northeast Greenland and...
White harbour porpoise sighting in Baltic Sea

White harbour porpoise sighting in Baltic Sea

WDC has received footage of a white harbour porpoise, sighting in the Baltic Sea, close...
WDC supports innovative tool for dolphin research in South America

WDC supports innovative tool for dolphin research in South America

WDC has played a key role in supporting the development of a new acoustic tool...
NASA satellites to help protect whales from space

NASA satellites to help protect whales from space

Scientists in the US have announced the development of a new tool that they hope...

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Humpback whale poking its head out of the water, a behavior called spyhopping

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Bottlenose dolphin calf breaching with its whole body out of the water

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Breaching North Atlantic right whale

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Orca spyhop

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