Skip to content

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.

© Forever Hooked Charters of South Carolina, injured North Atlantic right whale 2024 calf of Juno (#1612) seen with injuries on the head, mouth, and left lip consistent with vessel strike.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf likely to die from vessel strike injuries

January 10, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Jake O'Neill,...
© New England Aquarium and Canadian Whale Institute under DFO Canada SARA permit

Scientists unveil new names for 19 North Atlantic right whales

December 6, 2023 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Pam...
 November 28, 2023 - Juno (#1612) and newborn calf © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919. Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers

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...
© Peter Flood

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,...

Make a difference

Join our team  - no matter which way you choose, your commitment helps whales, dolphins, and our shared planet.

Save the whales, save the world.

Humpback whale spyhop

Adopt

Adopt a whale and help us protect these amazing creatures.

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

Join

You can join our team and help us save whales and dolphins

Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Donate

Your gifts help us take action for whales and dolphins.

Orca spyhop

Shop

Support WDC by shopping for yourself or a friend.