Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Whales accumulate significant carbon during their long lives, and when they die, they take it to the bottom of the ocean. They also cycle nutrients through hunting and ‘fecal plumes’, fertilising phytoplankton which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at huge scale.
A great whale is responsible for the sequestration of an average of 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year over the course of its lifetime.
Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is the leading global charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins. They have over thirty years’ experience in lobbying governments and working with the fishing industry to help create 15.6 million square kilometres of Important Marine Mammal Areas.
Research suggests that with a return to pre-whaling numbers, great whales could be responsible for 1.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide sequestration annually. That's over four times the amount for which they are responsible today. By working to stop whaling, create healthy seas, prevent deaths in nets and end captivity, WDC are helping to unleash the full potential of whales as an effective, nature-based climate solution.