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Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Sad Death Of Newborn Captive Beluga No Surprise

WDCS is saddened, but not surprised, by the death of a newborn beluga at the Georgia Aquarium in the US.  No sooner had the aquarium announced the birth of the newborn female beluga to first-time mother Maris, they were announcing her death just five days later. 

The Georgia Aquarium currently has four beluga whales, and with this unsuccessful attempt at captive breeding, WDCS remains concerned that the aquarium will seek belugas from other facilities, or the wild. 

WDCS opposes whales and dolphins in captivity, and encourages all facilities to phase out their whale and dolphin exhibits to end the suffering that occurs throughout the process of captivity, from capture and transport, to captive breeding and premature death.  WDCS applauds Ocean Park Hong Kong’s recent decision to not import beluga whales for a new polar exhibit, and hopes that the Georgia Aquarium can look to Ocean Park as an example, and work towards phasing out its beluga programme.

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