The market for dolphinaria in Russia and China is booming. So it comes to no surprise that the operator of the Sea World Park in Queensland, Australia (a different company to SeaWorld in the US), wanted to expand its business to China, Russia and Southeast Asia.
As WDC celebrates its ten years in North America, we have been reflecting on both our achievements and the work that still needs to be done.
As the first snowfall of winter paints the mountain tops white, my job of finding some of the resident dolphins that are on our Adopt a Dolphin programme gets a little more difficult as generally the weather isn't quite so good for watching or for photography.
Reports from Taiji reveal the brutal struggle of a large pod of pilot whales that were chased, captured and held for several days before their slaughter. On November 19th, at least 50 pilot whales, including mothers and calves, were driven into the cove. They were held overnight, and separated into two groups the following day.
I had a nice surprise in the Kessock Channel near Inverness yesterday - there in the rising tide was Kesslet, one of the WDC adoption dolphins and her big friend Scoopy. They were hunting for the very last of the migratory salmon that were running to a nearby river and I caught a glimpse of Kesslet with a fish in her mouth.
WDC friend and colleague, Georgina Gemmell, recently got in touch with some exciting news to share. Here she takes up the story.
Almost nothing is known about the orcas that inhabit the tropical waters of the Northern Indian Ocean (NIO).
Recent reports from Taiji reveal the tragic chase, capture and slaughter of at least two separate small pods of bottlenose dolphins on November 10th. Of these driven and captured, five dolphins were selected alive for aquaria shortly after the herding occurred, while three were reportedly released back into the ocean.
Since 1972, the US Marine Mammal Protection Act has (on paper) strictly banned the import of fish and fish products caught in fishing gear that kills or seriously injures marine mammals “in excess of United States standards.”
Marna Olsen continues her reporting from Taiji, Japan
It was hard to believe, but again this morning hunting boats grouped together out by the horizon. Black smoke could be seen, which is an indicator of fast movement. Another drive hunt was happening.