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Why do whales and dolphins strand?

A live whale or dolphin beached on the shore is almost always in danger of its life. If you find a stranded whale or dolphin, whether it is alive or dead, please report it as soon as possible. Sadly, thousands of whales and dolphins and porpoises die on shores across the globe every year, some…


20th July 2018

Why do whale and dolphin tails go up and down?

Unlike fish, whales and dolphins evolved from four-legged animals with limbs underneath their bodies, their backbones naturally bend up and down and not side to side. It is also why their tail fins are horizontal and not vertical like those of fish. The tail fin, or fluke, is used for propulsion through the water. Although…

22nd October 2018

Who leaves a gift in their Will to WDC

Michel Newman Michael has been a WDC donor for almost 30 years and decided that a next step would be to leave a gift to WDC in his Will. I have always loved animals and developed an affinity for dolphins as a small boy while watching Flipper on TV in the mid-60s and a dolphin…


17th July 2018

White-beaked dolphin

See all species White-beaked dolphins continue to be hunted and taken for food throughout their range.  Most worryingly, where hunts are known to take place, there are no restrictions or quotas of any kind. Other names: White-nosed dolphin; Squidhound; White-beaked porpoise   Male Female Calf Maximum length 3.1m 2.83m 1.1m Maximum weight 350kg Unknown 40kg…

White-beaked dolphin

29th April 2019

Which is the largest whale species?

The blue whale is not only the biggest whale living today; the blue whale is the biggest creature ever to have lived on Earth. They are mind-bogglingly gigantic; much larger than any of the dinosaurs. Blue whales and the other ocean giants live their whole lives in seawater, where their bodies are fully supported. What magnificent, incredible…

22nd October 2018

Where do dolphins live?

Dolphins live in the world’s seas and oceans and in some rivers too. Some dolphin species prefer to live in coastal areas, others like shallow water but prefer to live away from the coast close to patches of shallower water which are located further out to sea. Orcas and long-finned pilot whales can be found…

23rd October 2018

What is baleen?

There are 14 species of baleen whale including the blue, bowhead, right, humpback, minke and grey whale. Baleen whales are generally larger than toothed whales except for the sperm whale which is very big and has teeth. Many baleen whales migrate annually, travelling long distances between cold water feeding areas and warm water breeding areas.…

12th December 2018

What is an orca pod?

Orcas are highly social creatures and at the very heart of this is the orca mother forming the maternal group or matriline. Beyond this is a series of extended groups called pods, clans and communities. A typical matriline consists of an older female or ‘matriarch’ and her male and female descendants. Adult sons will stay…


8th September 2020

What is a group of dolphins called?

A group of dolphins is called a pod. Dolphins are social mammals that interact with one another, swim together, protect each other, and hunt for food as a team. Pod life plays a very important role in protecting dolphins from predators such as sharks. Most pods contain anywhere from 2 – 30 dolphins depending on the species and the situation, however there are occasions when pods gather…

23rd October 2018

What is a cetacean?

Cetacean is the collective noun used to describe all 90 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. The word cetacean has its origins in Latin (Cetus) referring to a large sea creature and Greek (Ketos) meaning whale or sea monster. Having evolved around 50 million years ago, today they are separated into two distinct types –…

11th October 2019

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