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