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Our Mission

The Great Whale Conservancy protects the world's great whales and their habitat.

Our Primary Objective

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.

Latest News

1/30: Whales vs. Dinosaurs? GWC Weighs In

"The toll of whaling on our planet may have been greater than we ever imagined: without the Great Whales (and their pee and poop), large areas of the oceans lost a major source of iron and nitrogen, nutrients required by phytoplankton for photosynthesis." - Gershon Cohen, GWC

1/28: Scientists Search for Remaining Blues in Southern Ocean

21 scientists, and a crew of 19, leave Wellington tomorrow morning aboard the 70-metre research ship Tangaroa, on a six-week research voyage to Antarctica in search for blue whales.

Entanglements and Plastic Pollution

Every year, thousands of marine mammals drown in abandoned fishing gear and are killed by plastic debris.

Watch GWC's Michael Fishbach save a humpback from entanglement!

GWC Issues

Great Whales Fight Climate Change?

GWC launches new research/education effort to demonstrate role whales play in lowering COin the atmosphere. Read more...

Ship Strikes - Video and Online Petition Now Live

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!

Events

Mz Blue and GWC Attend Blue Ocean Film Festival

(From L-R) Gershon Cohen, GWC Co-ED, former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, creator of the world’s largest Marine Reserve, David Helvarg, journalist and ED of the Blue Frontier Foundation, and Louie Psihoyos, Director of The Cove and GWC Board member. Read the article and watch the video to see the full story.

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Blog Posts

01/20/2015 - 08:13 Baja 2015 Preseason Blog
04/26/2014 - 13:42 GWC's Earth Day Event 2014
03/31/2014 - 09:45 Baja Blog 2014 - Week 7
03/24/2014 - 06:33 Baja Blog 2014 - Week 6
03/16/2014 - 10:57 Baja Blog 2014 - Weeks 4 & 5

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