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wdcs annual review 2009/2010 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation ...

wdcs annual review 2009/2010 - Whale and Dolphin Conservation ...

WDCS is dedicated

WDCS is dedicated toprotecting whales anddolphins in the placesthey call ‘home’Clockwise from top:sperm whale, beluga whale,humpback whale6 WDCS

Why Whales andDolphins?WDCS is well known in many parts of the world for its strong stance on conservation issues andfor its dedication to protecting whale and dolphin species in the places that they call ‘home’. Butwhy do we protect these fascinating animals? What is it that inspires awe, appreciation and adesire to help them?cherylle millard-dawe, miguel iniguez, shutterstock, mark votierPart of our work is focused on exploring theethical, conservation and welfare argumentsfor protecting whales and dolphins. There isso much more to be discovered about theirsecret social lives, but we already know thatcertain dolphins play specific roles withintheir own communities; that informationcan be passed between individuals of thesame species and sometimes betweengenerations, a process that many scientistsnow recognise as ‘non-human culture’. Wealso know that some species possess specialbrain cells normally associated with empathyand emotional intelligence. These cells werepreviously thought only to be found in thebrains of humans and other primates. Wealso know that some dolphins use tools toforage for food.These discoveries bring the continuingslaughter and exploitation of whales anddolphins into even sharper focus, and make ourrole as guardians of the interests of these uniquebeings even more important. After 60 yearsof research, there remains no humane way tokill a whale or dolphin at sea, no effective wayof guaranteeing whaling nations’ compliancewith regulations, and no scientific certaintythat whale populations can withstand huntingin the face of growing environmental threats.With your help, WDCS will continue tofund research that enables us to discovermore about whale and dolphin culture andintelligence, and we will use this learning toensure that these intelligent creatures, withwhom we share our planet, are given theprotection that they deserve.The continuing slaughter of whales and dolphins makes our role as guardians of these unique beings even more importantDid you know...whales and dolphinsreally are amazingn The sperm whale is the deepest diver.n The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphinhas the best hearing.n Bowhead whales live the longest –possibly reaching the age of 200.n The heart of a blue whale weighs up to1,000 pounds, and its aorta, the majorblood vessel for the heart, is big enoughfor a small-sized human to crawl through.The heart is about the size of a VW Beetle.n Learn more about whales and dolphinsby visiting our online Species Guidewww.wdcs.org/speciesWDCS 7

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