World Whale Conference: More Than Just ‘A Drop In The Ocean’

Written by on November 6, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law, Whales & Dolphins
Humpback whale in the Southern Ocean.

Humpback whale in the Southern Ocean. Photo credit: doevos via photopin cc.

The 2nd World Whale Conference, co-hosted by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) and Cetacean Society International starts today, November 6, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Some of the cetacean experts and advocates that will be at the World Whale Conference include Dr. Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust, David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld, Howard Garrett of the Orca Network, and many more. There will also be a special screening of Blackfish, followed by a panel discussion about killer whales in captivity. See the full conference agenda here.

The World Whale Conference also serves as the inaugural meeting of the World Cetacean Alliance, which launched earlier this year on World Oceans Day (June 8).

WCA is a partnership of NGOs and charities, whale watching businesses, and individuals from 12 countries, led by Honorary President Jean-Michel Cousteau. The partners of WCA are already involved in scientific research, animal welfare issues, endangered species protection, responsible whale watching, marine mammal strandings, and community education and engagement.

Together, they will work to protect all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their habitats by seeking positive solutions to the issues faced by cetaceans around the world. WCA aims to involve the widest possible stakeholder community and the general public in all strategies and policies.

In a statement about WCA, Cousteau said: “Without collaboration we will achieve nothing more than a drop in the ocean. The World Cetacean Alliance is a unique opportunity to combine our collective energy, knowledge, and expertise in order to protect whales, dolphins, and their habitats.”

Orca breaching.

Orca breaching. Photo credit: Miles Ritter via photopin cc.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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