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No orcas or dolphins for Sochi Olympics

Narnia - captured orca in RussiaWDC research fellow, Erich Hoyt has reported today that "No orcas will be exhibited at the Olympics in Sochi". He also reports that "no dolphin will carry the torch, as earlier proposed by the region. Both of these confirmed by the President, Sochi Olympic Committee."

Russian Orca Captures: The Inside Story

Eight killer whales have been taken from the wild in the Russian Far East in the last year, seven of them since August. They are being held in small pools near Vladivostok and are awaiting their fate. The news, as revealed on the russianorca facebook page run by a group of Russian killer whale researchers, has prompted hundreds of comments, more than 1,600 shares to date, and extensive activity on twitter, blogs and websites. People are clearly upset.

More wild orcas captured for amusement parks

Three more orcas, or killer whales, have now been confirmed to have been captured in Russian waters for transportation to amusement parks and aquariums.

The capture happened in mid-August in the Sea of Okhotsk—the massive far eastern inland sea of Russia, lying due north of Japan—but details are just coming to light. The three orcas, were taken by a Russian catching team, believed to be the team that caught a female orca in the same general area at the same time last year.

Rare White Orca Spotted Off Russia

Whale scientists working off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia have photographed and filmed a pure white male orca, or killer whale. One of the first sightings of its kind.  

'Iceberg', as he has been named, seems happy and healthy, and is leading a normal life with other orcas in his pod. His dorsal fin is a good two-metres high which means he is at least 16 years old.

You can watch film and see more photos on the BBC's news site.

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