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Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Plymouth, MA | http://www.whales.org
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Joined in January 2007

About Us

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins. 

WDC works in the US and around the world to protect marine mammals and their ocean habitat. With offices in Argentina, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom and Plymouth, Massachusetts in the United States, our reach is global.

We are campaigners, researchers, lobbyists, educators and volunteers. Together we are ‘one’ WDC. We work globally through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research, rescue, education and much more.


Whales and dolphins are remarkable. But why are they so important? Why do we need to end captivity, stop whaling, prevent deaths in fishing gear, and create healthy seas? What is so special about whales and dolphins?


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Whales play an amazing role in an ecosystem that keeps every creature on Earth alive, including you!

Whales play a vital role in the marine ecosystem where they help provide at least half of the oxygen you breathe, combat climate change, and sustain fish stocks. How do they do it? By providing nutrients to phytoplankton.

Drifting in the ocean’s sunlight waters lives a microscopic forest of tiny plant-like organisms, called phytoplankton. Like plants on land, phytoplankton need the sun’s energy, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients like iron and phosphate to photosynthesize; a process which provides them with food and the planet with oxygen and a means to fight climate change. As the base of the marine food web, phytoplankton is a key component in sustaining fish stocks and as they take in C02, phytoplankton sequester hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon each year, helping to fight climate change.

Different species of whales feed on a range of marine creatures, including krill and fish, in the dark depths of the world’s oceans.

Whales then come up near the surface to defecate, which is a fancy way of saying they come to the surface to poop.

Whale poop fertilizes microscopic plants called phytoplankton.

Phytoplankton absorbs carbon from the atmosphere – hundreds of thousands of tons each year.

<img src="https://us.whales.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/02/Capture.jpg" alt="Capture">

We need phytoplankton and phytoplankton need whales!

Unlike plants on land, phytoplankton cannot root into the ocean bottom to retrieve the nutrients they need. Where do they get it? Research shows that whales bring it to them! Because whales can’t “poop” under pressure, they take their bathroom breaks at the ocean’s surface and by doing so, supply phytoplankton with life giving nutrients like iron, nitrogen and phosphorus. Whales are the ocean’s gardeners, tending the forest of phytoplankton on which we all depend. And because whales migrate, they re-distribute nutrients across latitudes.

Their future is our future.  Save the whale, save the planet, save ourselves.

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins. 

WDC works in the US and around the world to protect marine mammals and their ocean habitat. With offices in Argentina, Australia…

Areas of Focus Include

  • Animals
  • Climate Change
  • Environment

Location

  • 7 Nelson St
    Plymouth, MA 02360

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