Research conducted over the past 40 years on marine mammals in the wild, especially whales and dolphins, has shown that they truly are our counterparts in the sea.
They are to the sea what we are to the land—intelligent, social, with language and play, capable of learning, and with populations stretching from pole to pole.
Ocean Futures Society is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of these magnificent animals and to sharing what we continue to learn about them, including the challenges they face, too often from our own species.
To Take Action please:
- Sign our petition against the Taiji dolphin drive. The most recent hunt drove a pod of 250 bottlenose dolphins from the ocean into a small cove in Taiji, where 52 dolphins were traumatically torn from pod members and selected for live-capture for sale to aquariums, and another 41 were selected and brutally slaughtered through driving a metal pole into their blowhole in an effort to sever the spine.
Photo: During the filming of “Call of the Killer Whale,” Jean-Michel Cousteau and the OFS team assisted in the successful rescue of a stranded orca, which we named Rakey, in New Zealand. It has been shown that orca who strand and are quickly treated and released can survive in the wild and even thrive. ©Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED