|The Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is an international
charity dedicated to the protection of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and
Mission Statement: 'WDCS is the global voice for the
protection of whales, dolphins and their environment'.
To reduce and ultimately eliminate the continuing threats to whales, dolphins and their
To raise awareness of these wonderful animals and the need to protect them in their
Objectives achieved by:
WDCS seeks to create a positive change in people's perceptions of cetaceans
WDCS seeks to maintain and develop an active supporter base of concerned individuals
WDCS seeks to develop and apply expertise to specific problems of cetacean protection
WDCS provides guidance & assistance to governments, statutory agencies, NGO's, the
public & the media, on issues relating to cetaceans & the protection of the marine
WDCS seeks to represent the interest of cetaceans at relevant national &
WDCS campaigns to initiate positive change for cetacean protection
WDCS implements & commissions non-intrusive conservation research on cetaceans in
their natural habitat
WDCS publishes papers, journals and other communications.
WDCS differs from other NGO's who are concerned with whales & dolphins. We are
concerned with welfare (captivity) and conservation (endangered species) but at the heart
of our actions is a belief in the outright protection of whales & dolphins from
hunting, pollution, captivity and by-catch. If the methods used to hunt whales were
more'humane' and hunting did not endanger species or unique populations, we would still
seek their protection.
WDCS recognises that whales & dolphins are part of a large and integrated
environment of which cetaceans are merely a part. Our activities therefore, are not always
soley focused on cetaceans though the effect on cetaceans will be the reason for our
involvement in a campaign or project. Examples would include de-forestation and fishing
techniques, which affect cetaceans & their environment. As part of an holistic
philosophy WDCS considers the consequences of its actions on people and societies.
Examples of this would include whale watch workshops in Iceland & our educational
programmes in South America.
Public may contact us to:
Report a sighting or stranding (www.dolphinsightings.org) (our Sail to Save campaign -
see website) - may pass calls to British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who are
specifically trained to handle strandings - 01634 281682. BDMLR also run Marine Mammal
Medic courses to train people in helping stranded mammals.
Obtain contact details to write to various officials/government to protest about
whaling. Our Out of the Blue travel wing runs holidays to various destinations (Moray
Firth,Azores, Argentina...) enabling public to see whales & dolphins (safely) in the
We work in conjuction with Moray Firth Wildlife Centre (01343 820339) - Ellie Dickson
is our Scottish Officer/dolphin researcher up there.
FAQ's we don't deal with:
Whale/dolphin watching accommodation in Scotland - directed to tourist board -01997
Shark info - redirect to The Shark Trust 01635 551150/550380
Seal info - redirect to SCS (Seal Conservation Society) 01224 696362
Alison Smith - Director of Conservation
Mark Simmonds - Director of Science
Cathy Williamson - Captivity Campaigner