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HARRY ECKMAN

Chief Executive Officer

ELIZABETH CUEVAS ZIMBRÓN

Whale Heritage Site Project Manager

MIKI TILLETT

Communications Manager

PATICE TALAUE

Certification Manager

STEFF EATON

Operations Manager

ANDREW SCOON

Sussex Dolphin Project, Project Support Officer

THEA TAYLOR

Sussex Dolphin Project, Lead

DYLAN WALKER

Senior Adviser - Whale Heritage Sites

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

HONORARY PRESIDENT

IAN LEWIS

Trustee, Life College, UK

ROGER MANN

Trustee, Individual Partners

SUZANNE ROGERS

Trustee, Change for Animals Foundation, UK

“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.

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]
  • Meet the Partner: Raggy Charters!
    Raggy Charters is the oldest Marine-Eco Cruise company combined with a research project(s) in Africa. They provide people from all over the world with an educational experience designed to increase their awareness to the threats exposed to cetaceans. They hope that this education will give people the power to make their own contribution to the marine mammal conservation. Every year Raggy Chaters visits various schools, universities, organisations and clubs to show them the spectacular wildlife which is on display in Algoa Bay. They also hold an annual whale festival which provide a fun environment in which the public can learn […]
  • Raggy Charters’ incredible sightings on Bird Island!
    WCA Partner Raggy Charters have recently been running regular full day tours to Bird Island, in the Eastern corner of Algoa Bay and it looks like this forgotten treasure is incredibly rich in species! In just one day, the team has encountered a range of species. The day started with the largest of the mollymawks – the Shy Albatross. Followed by many penguin bait balls and six great white sharks that ranged in sizes from 2.8m to 4m in length that approached the boat! The team managed to photograph the different individuals as well as their distinctive markings. Not only an […]
  • Recreational boaters continue to flout rules around whales: Study
    How well are whale watching regulations being followed by small vessels in the lower Salish Sea? It’s an important question that hasn’t been answered in a scientific way—until now.  A research study recently published in the open access journal Marine Policy shows that while almost 80 per cent of vessels are complying with the regulations, there’s still room for improvement.  In particular, the study identifies some worrisome trends among recreational boaters that need to be addressed by stronger enforcement measures and more extensive boater education. The peer-reviewed study, led by Molly Fraser with the University of Victoria’s Coastal and Oceans Resource Analysis […]

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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.

  • Humpback Comeback in the Salish Sea continues!
    A few days ago, Five Star Whale Watching headed out on tour and encountered at least five Humpback whales a few minutes from Victoria Harbour. Seeing Humpbacks so late into winter in the Salish Sea is incredible and is something Five Star have experienced for the last few winters. Each year it seems more Humpbacks are hanging out longer in the winter. Seeing the Humpback whales in the […]
  • An update from Futurismo on their understanding of Orca populations off the South coast of São Miguel Island, Azores
    As we continue to demonstrate, Azores is a box full of surprises and wonders cetacean-wise. Orca (Orcinus orca), the biggest of the oceanic dolphins are one of the best examples. Most people, especially children recognise the charismatic, panda coloured animal immediately, however, little is known about this species and its populations in mid-Atlantic waters like the Azores. Orca differ very much in appearance, behaviour and culture, and their […]
  • Swiss Cetacean Society launches new App
    The SCS app, developed by the WCA’s European Regional Coordinator Swiss Cetacean Society, is now available on iOS for free and coming soon on Android! Richly illustrated and with more than 25 audio tracks, this app is a mine of information on dolphins and whales for the amateur and experienced naturalist. If you wish to help the Swiss Cetacean Society improve the app, by adding audio tracks you […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • A Team Effort for Marine Mammals
    Clive Martin is an Individual Lifetime Partner and also runs the UK charity, Orca Rescues Foundation (ORF). Here Clive explains their latest achievements. Part of our role is to support organisations that are working on the frontline to end the captivity of not only Orca, but other cetaceans as well. We have always acknowledged that Sanctuaries will play a major role in this process particularly as a number […]
  • 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 […]
  • Relax to the Soothing Sounds of Whale Song on Limited-Edition CD
    Oscar Frey from Ocean Friendly Tours has culminated over 6 years’ worth of unique Humpback whale calls into one double CD names “Echoenia“. The CD features harmonies captured from Humpback whale individuals off the coast of Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Not only does the CD supply you with the comforting tones of the animals, but also comes with a limited-edition digipack which is printed in full […]

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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.

  • Humpback Comeback in the Salish Sea continues!
    A few days ago, Five Star Whale Watching headed out on tour and encountered at least five Humpback whales a few minutes from Victoria Harbour. Seeing Humpbacks so late into winter in the Salish Sea is incredible and is something Five Star have experienced for the last few winters. Each year it seems more Humpbacks […]
  • An update from Futurismo on their understanding of Orca populations off the South coast of São Miguel Island, Azores
    As we continue to demonstrate, Azores is a box full of surprises and wonders cetacean-wise. Orca (Orcinus orca), the biggest of the oceanic dolphins are one of the best examples. Most people, especially children recognise the charismatic, panda coloured animal immediately, however, little is known about this species and its populations in mid-Atlantic waters like […]
  • Love the Oceans shares new Turtle Protection Project
    The last few months have seen the launch of Love the Oceans’ Turtle Patrol Team! It’s the first ever Turtle Patrol Team in the Jangamo District and is made up of indigenous community members only. Pascoal Nhamussua, Mario Guilamba and Bento Nhamussua patrol the beaches of Jangamo everyday checking for Loggerhead and Leatherback turtle nests. […]
  • Swiss Cetacean Society’s Comoro island Green turtle protection project
    The Swiss Cetacean Society (SCS) has set up a project to protect green turtles against poaching in the Comoro Islands. The aim is to set up monitoring of the turtles and their nests by four ecoguards who will patrol the beach of Ndroudé alternately day and night, hence creating jobs too. To help promote this […]
  • Swiss Cetacean Society launches new App
    The SCS app, developed by the WCA’s European Regional Coordinator Swiss Cetacean Society, is now available on iOS for free and coming soon on Android! Richly illustrated and with more than 25 audio tracks, this app is a mine of information on dolphins and whales for the amateur and experienced naturalist. If you wish to […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • A Team Effort for Marine Mammals
    Clive Martin is an Individual Lifetime Partner and also runs the UK charity, Orca Rescues Foundation (ORF). Here Clive explains their latest achievements. Part of our role is to support organisations that are working on the frontline to end the captivity of not only Orca, but other cetaceans as well. We have always acknowledged that […]

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Celebrate

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

  • Humpback Comeback in the Salish Sea continues!
    A few days ago, Five Star Whale Watching headed out on tour and encountered at least five Humpback whales a few minutes from Victoria Harbour. Seeing Humpbacks so late into winter in the Salish Sea is incredible and is something Five Star have experienced for the last few winters. Each year it seems more Humpbacks […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Love the Oceans release new Whale Themed Jumpers just in time for Christmas!
    To round off 2020, Love the Oceans have released a 100% organic cotton jumper range which is made in a renewable energy powered UK based factory and is vetted against a range of social and sustainable criteria. It is printed using low waste ink tech and all proceeds go towards funding Love the Ocean’s marine […]
  • Relax to the Soothing Sounds of Whale Song on Limited-Edition CD
    Oscar Frey from Ocean Friendly Tours has culminated over 6 years’ worth of unique Humpback whale calls into one double CD names “Echoenia“. The CD features harmonies captured from Humpback whale individuals off the coast of Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Not only does the CD supply you with the comforting tones of the […]
  • Joy in Algoa Bay as Killer Whales Sighted Twice in One Week
    It’s been an exciting week for Raggy Charters whale watching team. Killer whales are rare in the Algoa Bay area due to their extreme roaming behaviours and tendencies not to remain in a specific area for long. The first sighting of the week could have easily escaped the Raggy Charters team also – it just […]
  • Our resident Risso’s dolphin family is back!
    This year has been quite different for everyone, and it wasn’t an exception for Futurismo. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we were not able to have as many encounters with the most charismatic species of our oceans as we would like to. However, as always, Azores biodiversity surprised us in several of our whale watching […]

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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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