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SeaWorld announces job losses

Captivity giant, SeaWorld has announced that it intends laying off 350 employees following a slump in profits and low attendances at its captivity shows.

According to a spokesperson, the majority of the job losses will be administrative positions at the company's corporate office, as well as its parks in Orlando and San Diego.

New study on brain size and cultural behaviour in whales and dolphins

Authors of a new scientific paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution have put forward the theory that there is a link between brain size and social and cultural behaviour in whales and dolphins.  The researchers looked at 90 different species of whales and dolphins and suggest the bigger their brains, the more complex their lives can be.

TV Stars back #NotWhaleFood

The colossal amount of plastic waste from single-use water bottles and other sources equates to more than the combined weight of every single living blue whale (the largest creature ever to have lived on earth) and equal to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every single foot of the world’s coastline. This number is set to double to 10 bags full by 2025.

Dolphins caught spitting to catch fish

Rare footage of dolphins spitting has been captured by the BBC during four years of filming beneath the world’s oceans for the new ground-breaking series, Blue Planet II.

Cameramen caught Snub Fin dolphins on camera, for what could be the first time, off the coast of Western Australia spitting into the air to trick fish into leaping from the water in order to then eat them.

The new series, which promises to be a treat for those who love marine wildlife, is set to broadcast in October.

Ha ha! Supporters generate £8000 for WDC to help whales and dolphins

WDC has received nearly £8,000 from our long-time supporters, Animal Friends Pet Insurance, one of the largest suppliers of pet insurance in the UK, as part of their bi-monthly Facebook competition.

We were selected, along with MCS and BiteBack as one of the 'ocean' charities who would share an amazing £20k donation from Animal Friends as part of the competition, which started in July.

Blogs

Spey Bay Adventure

Sadie Gorvett (Education Intern) recalls her most memorable times as an intern at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.

So long and thanks for all the fins! - Isle of Lewis Research Blog

Time has flown and it’s almost time to say farewell to the Isle of Lewis and all the whales, dolphins and porpoises who call these waters home. Although it’s been a bit of a mixed bag weather wise, we’ve managed to get out on the water a surprising amount of times and every time been treated to some whale and dolphin delights.