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Dolphin Smart in Hawaii

Plight of the Hawaiian False Killer Whale

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Hawaii is an island home to spinner, bottlenose, spotted and rough-toothed dolphins. Also, small and large dolphins 'termed' whales, including pygmy killers, false killers, pilot and melon-headed whales - a total of up to 18 species of toothed whales in all. We believe dolphins should be viewed in the wild, only - not in captivity.

Hawaiian ancestors lived deeply interconnected to each other, the land, and the sea. Dolphin (Nai`a) were considered by some to be one form of the spiritual manifestation of the god, Kanaloa.

Humans are terrestrial animals, and our capacity to see and understand the importance and vulnerability of life in the sea has trailed our growing ability to harm it. Our very existence depends upon healthy oceans; dolphins and other cetaceans represent a critical piece to this huge ecosystem and in a world where so much that is wild and free has already been lost to us, we must leave these beautiful mammals free to swim as they will and must.

The Wild Dolphin Foundation is a Hawaii-based grassroots NPO, whose mission is protecting wild dolphins through research, advocacy, public education and conservation and to create culturally-sustainable change in human behaviors which continue to threaten the well-being of dolphins and their host communities worldwide.

"Life in Taiji is not easy, though I can say wholeheartedly that the life of an activist is a good life. " Heather Hill

Follow WDF volunteer Heather Hill's blog "My Porpoise Driven Life" on her journey to Taiji's dolphin killing cove.





"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life." -Dalai Lama