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Captive Orca Nakai Dies at SeaWorld San Diego

credit: SeaWorld San Diego An orca has died while in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego....
A fluke of a North Atlantic right whale lifts out of the water

Federal Proposal Aims to Protect Endangered Right Whales From Ship Strikes

For Immediate Release, July 29, 2022 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a rule...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...
North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

Update on Snow Cone – Critically Endangered Right Whale Who Gave Birth Despite Chronic Entanglement

July 2022 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has reported that Snow Cone was spotted on...

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is acting on reports that two wild orcas were captured in August in the Western Okhotsk Sea in Russia.

Russian orcaThe orcas may have been captured by employees of the Sochi Dolphinarium – a facility on the northern coast of the Black Sea and sources suggest that one of the two orcas may have died or been released. The other orca, a female, has been transported to the city of Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific coast and then on to a holding facility at the dolphinarium of the TINRO-center near Nakhodka, a port city about 50 miles east of Vladivostok.

We are unsure of what the planned final destination for the surviving orca is  – her captors may intend to transport her to one of the marine parks in Sochi (the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games) or supply a new facility opening up on Russiky Island near Vladivostock. She may even be sold to a facility overseas.

Russian orcaMarine parks profit greatly from displaying captive orcas and each year Russia issues live-capture permits for up to ten orcas to be taken from its waters. However, this is the first time in nearly 10 years that orcas have actually been taken from the wild. The last time this happened, in 2003, both orcas tragically died soon after capture.

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