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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network...
Hysazu Photography | Sara Shimazu

Dam Good News for Southern Resident orcas

Pardon the pun (we've used it before) but we just can't help ourselves.  After decades...
Peter Flood mom and calf

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...

Chilling video shows SeaWorld trainer dragged under water by orca

A chilling video showing an orca holding a SeaWorld trainer under water for several minutes has been released. Kasatka’s attack on San Diego trainer Ken Peters in 2006 highlights one of the many disturbing issues of keeping these powerful creatures in captivity. The footage shows Kasatka grabbing her trainer’s foot and dragging him under the water for extended periods of time. Mr Peter’s foot was broken in the frightening incident.

The video of the 15-minute ordeal has only now been posted online after it was presented at a Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) court hearing in the US in September which followed the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010, who was killed by another killer whale named Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando.

The hearing ruled that SeaWorld trainers were prohibited from conducting water work with all orcas unless protected by physical barriers or decking systems that provide a similar level of protection, a decision that could fundamentally change the cruel captivity industry forever.