Our Mission

The Great Whale Conservancy protects the world's great whales and their habitat, with a special emphasis on the globally endangered Blue Whale.

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

11/7: Dead Blue Whale Found on Beach in Southern Oregon

Read full article.

8/20: Determining the Great Whales’ Impact on our Climate

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.

North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON 

Click here to learn more about this GWC-supported project.

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 & News

Mz Blue Appearances

Mz Blue appeared on the mall in Washington DC at a meeting of the Sea Party Coalition on Nov. 4th!

New Study Shows Sri Lanka's Blue Whales are in Great Danger

Ship Strikes to individuals pose danger, immediate action needed!

Video of the Week



Support GWC

Use Your Credit Card to Donate Today to Support GWC's Whale Protection and Research Efforts

You can support GWC's efforts to protect Earth's Great Whales in many ways!

Make a financial contribution with your credit card

Make an in-kind contribution (contact us to find out what our needs are)

Purchase beautiful artwork, GWC wearables, etc!

Volunteer! (Watch our Act Now! section for opportunities near you, or contact us to find out how you can help.)

Whale Fin Fans: Notes from Our Friends

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!

- jr

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