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New Wild Dolphin ‘visitor’ unveiled as WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre opens

After the success of the Wild Dolphins art trail on the streets of Aberdeen last year, WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre is delighted to announce a final addition to the Wild Dolphin trail family, and is asking members of the public to suggest a name for the new mystery creature when the centre opens this week.

Dead dolphin in Adelaide’s Port River was shot

A necropsy (post-mortem) has discovered that a bottlenose dolphin found dead in Adelaide's Port River last December had been shot.

The dolphin, named Graze by researchers, was discovered in the Barker Inlet but only examined this month by staff from the South Australian Museum. Four shotgun pellets were found in the dolphin.

WDC's Dr Mike Bossley said "When we found the body before Christmas it was hard to know why it died, that's why they did a necropsy." 

SeaWorld tries to refresh its tarnished image with new ads

SeaWorld Entertainment has launched its latest new ad campaign to try to halt falls in attendance and revenue, and to counter criticism about keeping whales and dolphins captive in small tanks.

SeaWorld has suffered since the public backlash against captivity that was enhanced by the release of the documentary, Blackfish. The film looked into the death of one of SeaWorld’s trainers and general treatment of the orcas it holds.  Since then attendances at SeaWorld parks have fallen as has its share price.

World zoo organisation accused of links to brutal Japanese dolphin hunts

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the organisation behind the world’s leading zoos, is being taken to court in Switzerland by conservation groups over claims that it is directly linked to the infamous dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan.

Waza stands accused of helping secure captured dolphins for one of its members, despite publicly condemning the hunts. The organisation is alleged to have allowed a deal between the fishermen in Taiji (who herd and slaughter the dolphins) and the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which is an associate WAZA member.

Cyprus government to overturn dolphinarium ban?

A sixteen year ban on the keeping of dolphins in captivity in Cyprus could be overturned, according to a report in the local Cyprus Mail.

In 1997 a Ministerial decree was passed prohibiting whale and dolphin shows and the use of them for commercial purposes in Cyprus. Finally, after the decree came into force in 1999, the Ayia Napa Marine Park closed its doors, not long after the last of four Black Sea bottlenose dolphins it held had died.

Pilot whales die in Australian stranding

At least 12 long-finned pilot whales have died after becoming stranded along a breakwater in Bunbury harbour, Western Australia.

Rescuers are trying to save a number of other whales but there are concerns that the whales may restrand.

Pilot whales are one of the most common species of whale that strand and many of these events occur in Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more about why whales and dolphins strand.

UK establishes new large marine reserve in Pacific

The UK Government has announced that it is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean around the remote Pitcairn Islands.

The reserve will cover 834,000 square kilometres (322,000 sq miles). A major threat to the marine environment in the area is illegal fishing and a satellite watchroom has been set up to monitor activity in the area.

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