More controversy surrounds SeaWorld after court document reveal a group of SeaWorld shareholders accused the company's former CEO of making millions of dollars on "suspicious" insider sales of SeaWorld stock at the same time the award-winning documentary, Blackfish, was gaining public acclaim after it showed the sad plight of orcas held in captivity.
A rare Ganges river dolphin (also known as the South Asian river dolphin or susu) has reportedly been killed by poachers in a canal in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The poachers removed the dolphin and took it back to their village. Local authorities have subsequently arrested one person in connection with the incident.
WDC has received disturbing news this week regarding the illegal slaughter of dolphins in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka.
WDC is pleased to report that Olga Filatova, who has previously worked with WDC on its marine protected area programme, has been awarded one of the most prestigious honours in the marine conservation field. Olga has been named as a Pew Fellow, an award funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts - an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to protect our shared environment and support scientific research.
SeaWorld has announced that it is to stop the sale of fish food that visitors can then feed to the captive dolphins at its Orlando park. The Discovery Cove venue will now offer the public 10 minutes with the dolphins in groups at a cost of $15 per person instead.
One year after WDC exposed Norwegian whale meat illegally on sale at one of the world’s biggest food and agricultural fairs in Germany, the Berlin Public Prosecutor has ruled that Arne Roed, managing director of Ford Norge and Innovation Norway, the company responsible for the stand, must pay a fine of 1,000 EUR.
A tuna fisherman In the US has been charged with shooting at pilot whales from his boat with a World War II Mosin-Nagant rifle.
The accused, from Cape May, New Jersey has now been released on bail.
A whale shot with a bullet from the same type of rifle stranded on the shore and dies 100 miles northeast of Cape May in September 2011.
Around 200 pilot whales have stranded on a stretch of coastline in New Zealand that has become renowned as a trap for these creatures.
It is now thought that at least 140 of the whales have now died on the beach at Farewell Spit and rescue attempts continue in an attempt to refloat and save others according to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation.
A joint taskforce that includes WDC has launched a Code of Practice in Scotland to protect bottlenose dolphins near Aberdeen’s Harbour mouth, and provide guidance to vessels operating in the port.
Aberdeen is one of the best places in Europe to view dolphins and is one of WDC’s Shorewatch sites encouraging local volunteers to look out for and record vital data on whales and dolphins.