Cetacean Society International

Working for whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide


Posted on 15 November 2017

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Please contact your Representatives in Congress and tell them to vote against H.R. 4239. If passed, this bill will strip the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of key provisions designed to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises from the impacts of oil industry development, including seismic airgun testing and drilling.

We need a strong MMPA now more than ever, given the increasing threats facing cetaceans, which include entanglement in fishing gear, climate change, noise pollution and habitat destruction. As the Marine Mammal Protection Act turns 45, we must work to protect and strengthen its provisions, not weaken them. Please, take action now and tell your Congressperson to vote “no” on H.R. 4239.

You can find contact details at www.house.gov. Thank you.

Save the Endangered Species Act!

Posted on 8 July 2017

Showing Overwhelming Support for the Endangered Species Act, More Than 400 Conservation Groups Sign Letter Opposing Efforts to Weaken Wildlife Law

CSI has signed this letter!

Click here for more information.

Read the full text of the letter here.

International Save the Vaquita Day: July 8, 2017

Posted on 20 June 2017

Help to save the vaquita, one of the rarest and most endangered species of marine mammal in the world.

Click here for more information.

The Ocean Home Under Attack: Whale News Spring 2017

By Taffy Lee Williams

Posted on 30 May 2017

Here are just a few of the latest news items which are impacting whale species around the world. Today we are witnessing the earth's sixth mass extinction. One cannot separate news of the oceans from news of whales. These iconic, well studied and beloved whales mean so much to us, symbolizing looming issues we all face on the Blue Earth today. What's happening in the seas?

Taffy's article follows in this PDF file:


The Southern Right Whale In Patagonia Argentina:
"Whale Watching, Biology And Beyond"

Posted on 9 April 2017

If you're a dedicated whale watcher, you'll be excited to know that Argentina's Gulf of San Matias may provide the experience of a lifetime many have felt with the gray whales of Mexico. Because small commercial whale watches have started to bring people together with "friendly" Southern right whales in this Gulf, a scientific assessment was requested by the "Asociación de Operadores Náuticos" to the "Fundación de Historia Natural Felix de Azara" (FHNFA), to document any impact on the whales and the marine environment. Documenting the whales' behavior and biology was also part of this project. Dra. Marcela Junin and her team from the Marine mammal lab, Fundación Felix de Azara, began their assessment in 2014, with additional support from CSI in 2016.

Dra. Junin has provided this report for your pleasure, from the broad wealth of data she will submit for her formal scientific report. While CSI is especially pleased that we could help support the study, we're dedicated whale watchers at heart, and wonder when we'll have a chance to experience this ourselves!

Dra. Junin's report follows in this PDF file:


CONNY's 40th Birthday Celebration!

On June 25, 2016, CSI celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the building of CONNY, the life-size ferro-concrete model of a sperm whale built by CSI in 1976 on the grounds of the Children's Museum at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, CT.

The celebration included programs by CSI as well as Don Sineti and Friends performing live, and the Connecticut River Ramblers performing live. It also included Robbins Barstow's video of the amazing story of the construction of CONNY, which required many hours of volunteer labor and donated materials. Some of the people who built CONNY were on hand, too.

The Movie SONIC SEA Shown In Hartford, CT

"Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution."

The movie SONIC SEA was shown at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, on May 23 through May 26, 2016. CSI was there to make a presentation on each night. Thanks to everyone who organized this event, and everyone who attended the movie!

See the movie's web site at www.sonicsea.org.

CSI's Anti-Captivity Flyer

CSI's 1997 anti-captivity flyer is still relevant today, even with outdated statistics. Its message is even more powerful than today's headlines in major media, as reflected by Wall Street, SeaWorld's increasing panic, and the public's realization that their tickets support the exploitation of the captives. Read it here:

Don't Be Held Captive To Any Illusions: CSI's anti-captivity flyer

TEDx Talk Highlights Why SeaWorld Should Retire Shamu

AWI Scientist Dr. Naomi Rose Highlights How Captivity Destroys Orca Family Structure

CSI is a founding partner in the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).

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