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“WCA Partners are all working at grassroots level, running charities, businesses or working in their spare time to protect whales and dolphins.

They are amongst the most imaginative, inventive, ingenious, clever and caring people I have ever had the privilege to work with and if anyone can protect whales and dolphins  it is the people of the WCA partners and the communities they work with.

WCA CEO, Dylan Walker

Connect

WCA Partners connect those working to protect our oceans around the world and bring people closer to their connection with nature.

  • Sparkly eyes and faces beaming with joy
    WCA Trustee Titia tells us about her visit to Tenerife-La Gomera Whale Heritage Site and reflects on the magic of responsible whale watching.
  • Update from Raggy Charters on tackling fuel transfers in Algoa Bay
    WCA Partner Raggy Charters celebrate a recent success protecting Algoa Bay Whale Heritage Site from dangerous ship-to-ship fuel transfers.
  • Update from Futurismo on measuring sperm whales in the Azores
    WCA Partner Futurismo tells us about how they’ve used acoustics to measure the length of sperm whales from their whale watching boats.
  • Happywhale needs YOUR help in latest Citizen Science Project
    Have you ever been fortunate enough to have visited Antarctica? Perhaps you’ve worked there in the past, or simply been to visit on a holiday once or twice? Well, if you have then you may be able to help Happywhale out this month! Happywhale are working on collecting an array of Leopard Seal photos for an identification project. However, the project has come to a stall as since travel restrictions have been in place for the best part of a year now, no new photos have been coming in. This is where Happywhale sends a plea for your assistance. If… Read more: Happywhale needs YOUR help in latest Citizen Science Project
  • Raggy Charters tell us their highlights from 2020
    Like most in the tourism industry 2020 has been a tough financial year for us at Raggy Charters. We however are very proud of what we have managed to achieve despite the circumstances. A highlight of the year for us would be that we still managed to host our annual Celebrating the Arrival of the Whales Festival. We had to conduct the festival in a way that complied with the relevant covid-19 regulations on the day. This resulted in the festival predominantly being online. We made use of our social media platforms to do what we would normally have done… Read more: Raggy Charters tell us their highlights from 2020
  • Futurismo tell us their highlights from 2020
    2020, a year that will be hard to forget. Our lives took a 180º turn, from one day to the next, everything was different. Futurismo’s eventually had to stop all its touristic activities for a while. However, this didn’t stop us. In fact it was the opposite. It gave us time to re-think what we have been doing, to look into new perspectives, to restructure our work, get new ideas and develop them.  We started the year with some school visits, the island kids full of energy and curiosity, and eager to learn. Then, everyone had to stay home. Even… Read more: Futurismo tell us their highlights from 2020
  • Five Star Whale Watching tell us their highlights from 2020
    As we entered 2020 Five Star Whale Watching had big plans to celebrate our 35th anniversary. These plans had to be put on hold due to COVID-19. Like many, this Pandemic has presented many challenges in 2020. However, early on we decided to make the best of a bad situation. On March 20th we suspended all tours to follow local health authority COVID-19 instructions. During the downtime we worked on our vessels and a strategy for when we would be allowed to reopen. Five Star was involved in the process with Transport Canada and WorkSafeBC on formula to create a… Read more: Five Star Whale Watching tell us their highlights from 2020
  • A Hello to the First Gray Whales on Their Journey South
    In late November excited whale watchers aboard the catamaran Manute’a, operated by Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, were treated to the first southbound gray whale of the 2020-2021 season off the coast of Dana Point, California. Each fall gray whales depart the cold waters of the Bering and Chukchi seas where they spend the summer bottom feeding on small crustaceans called amphipods. The whales travel about 6,000 miles to the protected lagoons of Baja to mate and give birth to their calves. In the spring they will make their way back up the west coast, giving whale watchers… Read more: A Hello to the First Gray Whales on Their Journey South
  • How Artificial Intelligence is Helping us Understand Sperm Whale Migration
    Marine biologist Lisa Steiner has been part of the team developing a machine learning AI fluke matching programme for sperm whales in the Azores. the best way to identify a sperm whale is to look for unique patterns, shapes or scars on their fluke as each fluke is unique to the individual whale – much like our own fingerprints. The only problem is scanning through thousands of photos which vary in quality can be extremely time consuming and not always reliable if the shots are taken from distance. That’s why Lisa’s technology could be a huge step in the right… Read more: How Artificial Intelligence is Helping us Understand Sperm Whale Migration
  • Update from Dolphin Encountours Research Centre in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
    The Dolphin Team in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve in Southern Mozambique are thrilled to announce that, after a long and challenging seven months, we have finally been granted permission to resume operations! Our first encounters back at sea proved productive with sightings of humpback whales traveling south, some of our resident dolphins, and an unusual sighting of a small pod of Pygmy killer whales. This is only the second observation the team has had of this little-known deep-water species. You can read more about the observation here.  In-water encounters with our local dolphins of Ponta have been beautiful,… Read more: Update from Dolphin Encountours Research Centre in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

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Educate

Image: © Project Jonah

WCA Partners educate global and local communities to create an empowered community of champions for our oceans.

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Advance

Image: © Verballenas

WCA Partners advance animal welfare and environmental, economic and social sustainability in industries and activities that involve humans and cetaceans.

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Celebrate

WCA Partners celebrate cetaceans and those who live in sustainable coexistence with our oceans

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OUR JOURNEY

On World Oceans Day 2013 the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) launched as a fledgling partnership made up of a group of dedicated grass roots NGOs, passionate individuals, and commercial whale watching businesses desperate to make a positive difference for whales and dolphins.

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