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Trapped dolphins saved from thick ice in Canada

Five dolphins have been saved by local residents in on a Newfoundland island in Canada after they became stuck in a thick ice pack.

Despite terrible weather conditions the five, believed to be white-beaked dolphins were removed from the ice and relocated in open water in a small bay nearby.

Around 25 people were involved in the rescue effort, venturing out onto the ice off Bell Island and using a tarpaulin stretcher to release the dolphins into the ice-free inlet.

Two aquaria in Japan ignore dolphin hunt ban

The controversial sale of dolphins caught in the cruel Taiji Cove drive hunts in Japan has led two aquariums to cancel their memberships with the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA).

In 2015, the Association decided to forbid members from taking dolphins captured alive in the brutal hunt. As a result, the two aquariums (Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa and Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum in Kaikyokan) have cancelled their JAZA membership.

Success for WDC campaign. Thomas Cook the latest to drop tours to captive dolphin parks

Travel industry giant, Thomas Cook has announced that it is dropping tours to some captive dolphin theme parks in the wake of growing public feeling against the use of whales and dolphins for entertainment.

In its own report, Thomas Cook (the UK’s second largest travel company) found many facilities broke UK travel association ABTA’s guidelines and badly treated the dolphins held in small tanks.

Norwegian hunters may kill nearly one thousand whales

Norway’s minke whaling season opened Saturday with whalers given an increased quota of 999, up from 880 whales last year.

The quota (number of whales they can kill) is self-allocated and set by Norway's own Fisheries Ministry, which claims that it has set the quota numbers in accordance with scientific advice from the international body that regulates whaling (International Whaling Commission - IWC). However, these inflated kill numbers are higher than would be deemed "sustainable" by the IWC's own scientific committee.

At Least 1 in 10 Humpback Whales Have Been Injured by Boat Collisions

New study published confirms collision between vessels and whales are underestimated

Each spring, summer, and fall hundreds of protected humpback whales come to the waters off of southern New England to feed. However, these whales share their feeding habitat with both recreational and commercial boaters, and as a result, are at a high risk of being struck by a passing vessel. 

Japanese whaling ships return in face of international political storm

After more than four months at sea, Japan’s whaling ships have returned from their controversial annual hunt having killed 333 minke whales (155 males and 178 females) in Antarctic waters for what they claim are scientific purposes. Japan uses this so-called ‘research’ reason to exploit a loophole in the international ban on commercial whaling. 

Scottish MP meets orca competition winners

Tavish Scott MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) paid a visit to Scalloway Primary School on the Shetlands Islands, Scotland earlier this week to meet the winners of his Orca competition and present them with prizes donated by WDC.

Members of the Scottish Parliament have been asked to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions,’ and Tavish was recently nominated as a Species Champion for the orca.

Chinese investment company buys stake in SeaWorld

Shanghai-based investment company, Zhonghong Group is to acquire a 21% stake in SeaWorld from private equity firm Blackstone. 

Zhonghong Group, a financial holding company focused on strategic growth opportunities in the leisure, tourism, and culture industries, will now work with SeaWorld on the concept development and design of theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers to be developed and operated by Zhonghong, including exclusive rights in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

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