Toy giant, Mattel has announced that it is stopping the production of all SeaWorld-branded merchandise, including SeaWorld Trainer Barbie dolls.
WDC has welcomed the news that the council of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has unanimously decided to suspend the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) over its continued support for the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. The taking of dolphins from the hunt is in violation of the organization's code of ethics.
WDC, together with a coalition of animal welfare and conservation groups has launched a new online ad campaign to coincide with the 2015 Seafood Exposition Global and Seafood Processing Global convention in Brussels this week, advising consumers and major seafood buyers to be aware of fish “tainted by the blood of whales”.
Among exhibitors at the trade event are several companies that process and/or sell whale meat, or are tied by shareholdings to whaling companies, including Icelandic seafood giant HB Grandi.
WDC is disappointed to learn that Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, had eaten whale meet whilst on a trip to Norway. Miss Middleton wrote about eating whale at Norway’s Juvet Landscape Hotel for a UK national newspaper travel story.
A gray whale in the Pacific Ocean has been recorded completing the longest ever migration for the species.
The female whale made a round-trip of 22,500 km (14,000 miles) during her journey from feeding grounds off Russia to Mexico and back, according to a report in Biology Letters.
In the deep waters off Lousiana in the Gulf of Mexico, cameras onboard the RUV Hercules have captured a rare encounter with an inquisitive sperm whale. What is more amazing is that it took place while a live broadcast was taking place.
The body of a rare Omura's whale, a species of baleen whale only discovered in 2003, has washed up on a beach in Exmouth, Western Australia.
Researchers on board a research vessel sailing the waters near the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, and Antarctic Peninsula have identified a unique whale song that could well come from a new species of whale. The team investigating the sound included researchers from WDC's Latin America office in Argentina.
Experts representing the International Whaling Commission (IWC - the organisation that regulates whale hunting) have rejected Japan’s latest plan to resume its so-called scientific whale hunts in the Southern Ocean.
The acclaimed new book "Beneath the Surface" by former SeaWorld trainer, John Hargrove, has reached second position in the New York Times (animal) bestsellers list just two weeks after its release in the US.