A novel approach to saving whales

Oct 18, 2006

Humpback breaching

WSPA is proud to support artist and activist Peggy Oki, who wants to create a curtain of 25,000 origami whales. This is intended to highlight the number of whales killed by Norway, Iceland and Japan since the Moratorium on whaling took effect in 1986.

Children and adults of all ages are invited to take part and raise awareness about the global impact of commercial whaling.

"The ‘25,000 Origami Whales’ is my answer to the urgent need to raise awareness about the global impact of commercial whaling. I hope this art project will increase visibility, inspire global participation, and international support against any possible resumption of commercial whaling."
Peggy Oki 

Take action

WSPA encourages participants to include their own personal notes, school mascot, country flag, etc. on their origami whales.

Children and adults from the USA, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America are invited to join in to create an international expression of hope and concern about the future of whales.

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The ‘25,000 Origami Whales’ project

Originally, artist Peggy Oki aimed to collect 1,400 origami whales to represent the quotas of whales killed by Norway, Iceland and Japan in 2004. Since that time the quotas have been raised to over 2,285 whales.

The ‘25,000 Origami Whales’ project is a global effort to raise awareness about whales’ suffering and a unique way to get the public involved in the global fight against commercial whaling.

When the 25,000 origami whales have been assembled, they will create a curtain 4 feet high and over 200 feet long.

Why origami?

A Japanese fable tells of wishes being granted if one demonstrates enough dedication through the creation of origami figures.

This project represents an innovative way for people to show they want whales to be protected from the unnecessary suffering that is caused by the inhumane practice of whaling.

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