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Species guide

Find out more about whales and dolphins

There are nearly 90 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, known collectively as "cetaceans". From the enormous blue whale to the tiny vaquita and New Zealand dolphin, you will find information and amazing facts about many of these incredible creatures in our species guide.

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Multiple belugas moved in US marine parks

Multiple belugas moved in US marine parks

Iceland to kill over two thousand fin and minke whales

Iceland to kill over two thousand fin and minke whales

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Fundraising at work

Varsity Match Resources Downloads

Varsity Match Resources Downloads

Varsity Match Resources

Varsity Match Resources

How we are working with communities to build a whale sanctuary

How we are working with communities to build a whale sanctuary

Record numbers of dolphins dead on French beaches

Record numbers of dolphins dead on French beaches

Dolphinaris Arizona will no longer hold dolphins

Dolphinaris Arizona will no longer hold dolphins

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Staying safe

Take part in Gamers for Orcas

Take part in Gamers for Orcas

Report reveals area considered for protection is a UK baby dolphin ‘hotspot’

Report reveals area considered for protection is a UK baby dolphin ‘hotspot’

How do you fly two beluga whales half way around the world?

How do you fly two beluga whales half way around the world?

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Shia Su’s ‘Zero Waste’ book giveaway

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Some more exciting news

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a new blog

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This is a new blog post

Children and Schools

Children and Schools

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The International Whaling Commission (IWC)

The International Whaling Commission (IWC)

Plastic is not whale food

Plastic pollution in the oceans

Rubbish on a beach

Pollution

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Student Fundraising

Student Fundraising

Student Fundraising

Common minke whale

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Inspire Me!

Inspire Me!

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The Wild Route to Freedom

The Wild Route to Freedom

BIG Splash Swim 2019

BIG Splash Swim 2019

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This is a news story

My first blog

My first blog

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Risso's dolphins

Dolphins and porpoises – meet the different species

Official WDC Livestream

Official WDC Livestream

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Gamers for Orcas FAQ

Dolphin watching at Spey Bay, Scotland

Whale and dolphin watching

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Gamers for Orcas

How did whales evolve?

How did whales evolve?

What are the differences between whales, dolphins and porpoises?

What are the differences between whales, dolphins and porpoises?

What is baleen?

What is baleen?

Common minke whale

Whales – meet the different species

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

How long do dolphins live?

How long do dolphins live?

How do dolphins give birth?

How do dolphins give birth?

What is a group of dolphins called?

What is a group of dolphins called?

How many teeth do dolphins have?

How many teeth do dolphins have?

Where do dolphins live?

Where do dolphins live?

How are dolphins different from fish?

How are dolphins different from fish?

How many species of dolphins are there?

How many species of dolphins are there?

Do whales and dolphins grieve for their dead?

Do whales and dolphins grieve for their dead?

How do dolphins sleep?

How do dolphins sleep?

How do dolphins see underwater and what is echolocation?

How do dolphins see underwater and what is echolocation?

Do whales and dolphins have hair?

Do whales and dolphins have hair?

Why do whale and dolphin tails go up and down?

Why do whale and dolphin tails go up and down?

Do whales and dolphins have families?

Do whales and dolphins have families?

Which is the largest whale species?

Which is the largest whale species?

Can dolphins fight off sharks?

Can dolphins fight off sharks?

How do whales and dolphins breathe?

How do whales and dolphins breathe?

What do whales and dolphins eat?

What do whales and dolphins eat?

How intelligent are dolphins?

How intelligent are dolphins?

Search results

Search results

Campaigning at the International Whaling Commission

Campaigning at the International Whaling Commission

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Meet the different types of orcas

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Climate Change

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Port River dolphin

Dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan

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Small whale and dolphin hunts in Japan

Striped dolphin

Small whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands

Common minke whale

Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling

North Atlantic right whale

Whales, dolphins and fishing

Common dolphin

Tackling whale and dolphin bycatch in UK waters

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Tackling whale and dolphin bycatch in European waters

Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Charitable Trusts and Foundations

WDC Publications and Reports

WDC Publications and Reports

How intelligent are whales and dolphins?

How intelligent are whales and dolphins?

Small cetacean report

New report reveals 100,000 dolphins hunted each year

Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Saving the endangered North Atlantic right whale

Humpback whale in the Gulf of Maine

Humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine, USA

Bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, Scotland

Bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth, Scotland

Risso's dolphin

Isle of Lewis Risso’s dolphin project

Port River dolphins

Protecting the Port River dolphins

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Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP)

Bardsey Island Risso’s dolphins project

Bardsey Island Risso’s dolphins project

Bottlenose dolphins in Argentina

Bottlenose dolphins in Argentina

Franciscana dolphins of the southwest Atlantic

Franciscana dolphins of the southwest Atlantic

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Whales of the Southern Ocean

Creating safe places for whales and dolphins to live

Creating safe places for whales and dolphins to live

Whale and dolphin culture

Whale and dolphin culture

Sentient and sapient whale and dolphins

Sentient and sapient whale and dolphins

Scientific Evidence for Whale and Dolphin Rights

Scientific Evidence for Whale and Dolphin Rights

Personhood – who are whales and dolphins?

Personhood – who are whales and dolphins?

WDC Supporter Promise

WDC Supporter Promise

Risso's dolphin

Making Scotland’s seas safer

Stop dolphin hunts

Stop dolphin hunts

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Welcome to the world of whales, dolphins and porpoises

The New Zealand dolphin is the smallest dolphin in the world at just 1.3m long.

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Blue whale

By comparison, the blue whale can grow to over 30 metres, the largest creature ever to have lived.

Sperm whales have the largest brain and make the loudest sound of any whale.

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Gray whale

The longest migration is undertaken by gray whales across the Pacific Ocean.

Amazing facts about whales and dolphins

Dive deeper into the world of whales and dolphins and learn more about their lives.

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Facts about whales

Amazing facts about whales, the largest mammals to live on Earth.

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Facts about dolphins

From the orca to the tiny vaquita, learn more about these creatures.

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Record breakers

Whales and dolphins hold some incredible records.

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Brain power

Just how intelligent are whales and dolphins?

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 dolphin and help us protect these amazing creatures.

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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?