World Whale and Dolphin Day was established in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission. This day is celebrated on July 23 as it marks the same date in 1982 when the members of the Commission voted for a complete ban on commercial whaling.
Even though the name of the celebration includes whales and dolphins, its main aim remains to attract the attention of the public, authorities and all humanity to the issues of all sea mammals’ protection. According to the Zoological Society of London’s and World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Living Blue Planet Report that summarises scientific findings on global animal populations, based on over 5000 populations studied, the number of sea mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and other animals living in the World Ocean has been estimated to have dropped by 49% over a 40 year period between 1970 and 2012.
To celebrate International Whale and Dolphin Day we are running a t-shirt design competition. The winner will receive a whaley cool SouWEST prize pack which will include their design printed on a t-shirt and some other goodies!
Competition closes 30 September.
To enter, read our Terms and Conditions, fill in an application form and get creating!