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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.

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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 leaping dolphins

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.

Breaching porpoise

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.

Sperm whale underwater

Did sperm whales learn how to avoid whaling ships?

Sperm whales only have one natural predator - the orca (killer whale) and will form...
Long-finned pilot whale

Pilot whales strand in New Zealand

Volunteer rescuers from Project Jonah, experts in attending strandings, were able to return nearly 30...
Sperm whale © Tim Stenton

Ten sperm whales strand in Yorkshire

Despite the best efforts of a team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue and local...
Blue whale © Andrew Sutton

New blue whale population discovered

Blue whale vocalisations are very low and can reach other whales through the water up...

Please help us save whales and dolphins

By adopting a whale or dolphin, by making a donation, or by fundraising for WDC, you can help us provide a safe future for these amazing creatures.

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Adopt

Adopt a whale and help us protect these amazing creatures.

Bottlenose dolphin at surface

Donate

Your gifts help us take action for whales and dolphins.

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Fundraise

Run, bake, walk, cycle… what could you do for whales and dolphins?