The Great Whale Conservancy protects the world's great whales and their habitat, with a special emphasis on the globally endangered Blue Whale.
Many commcerial shipping lanes directly overlap critical habitat for endangered large whales. The whales have no choice but to feed where they can find sufficient prey: the ships can and must move to safer waters.
Ship strikes (collisions) may be the most serious threat the great whales face today. The Great Whale Conservancy advocates for increasing the separation between ships and whales because it is the surest way to protect the lives of these magnificent beings.
The GWC's Executive Director Michael Fishbach recently met with professors Jim McCarthy and John Nevins in their offices at Harvard University. Jim and John have co-authored scientific papers on the whale pump: the idea that whales literally enrich their own environment and help generate their own food by delivering essential nutrients to the surface as they surface from dives and release feces and urine into the water column. Read the full article.
Here is a short video that highlights the blue whale and the GWC's mission to help save it! Jane Goodall appears in the video along with others, including the GWC's Michael Fishbach. This is a moving piece backed up by the wonderful music of David Darling, which includes one track from his upcoming new album "Laughing at the Moon".
Entanglements and Plastic Pollution
Every year, thousands of marine mammals drown in abandoned fishing gear and are killed by plastic debris.
GWC launches new research/education effort to demonstrate role whales play in lowering CO2 in the atmosphere. Read more...
Endangered blue whales and other Great Whales are being killed by collisions with ships while feeding along the California coast. Help us move the shipping lanes!
On Wed Sept 2nd @8PM (check your local listings), the GWC's life-sized inflatable whale Mz Blue will appear on PBS nationally in the USA and Canada! On Big Blue Live - Episode 3 the BBC/PBS team recently filmed Mz Blue in Monterey, CA and interviewed GWC founder Michael Fishbach. This episode will focus on the blue whale and have fascinating facts and imagery. The film crew along with PBS co-host Dr. M Sanjayan spent ample time filming Mz Blue. Check out what should be a fascinating show this Wednesday!
Ship Strikes to individuals pose danger, immediate action needed!
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Long time whale defender Joey Racano (the “Weapon of Mass Discussion") wrote this poem to help us create our next inflatable whale, Baby Blue!
Introducing Baby Blue
She was born with a pouch made of course baleen
Cutest little baby you have ever seen
Mom picked her up by her little blue buns
(It was easy- her mom weighed 150 tonnes!)
She took her first breath and they named her blue
And gave her a job, there was work to do
A diplomatic whale child star was born
(Little Baby Blue was a Capricorn)
You may already know about her mom, Mz Blue
Well, she just had a baby who won't fit in a shoe
As soon as she is ready they'll begin to travel
Both have sworn not to let the world unravel
Come visit Mz Blue at this year's 'Thank You Whales'
On Avila Beach, bring your shovel and pails
Give three cheers for our newest whale
Little Baby Blue is about to sail!