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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

SeaWorld counters bad publicity with newspaper ads

SeaWorld has been buying up full page advertisements in newspapers across the US in an attempt to counter the growing backlash against its killer whale shows.  Revelations about mistreatment of killer whales, and the threats to trainers were exposed in the hit documentary film Blackfish, which was released earlier in the year.

The film looks in detail at the issues surrounding keeping killer whales in captivity, highlighting the boredom and stress that they suffer, and also documents the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 by one of the captive orcas, Tilikum.

Public feeling towards captive whale and dolphin shows has dramatically altered since the release of the film.  Recently a number of entertainers, including Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, have all cancelled performances at SeaWorld.

One school in California decided not to go on its annual overnight field trip to the park and students spoke out against SeaWorld’s captivity shows.