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Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...

Sea World visitor numbers plunge

The number of people visiting Sea World’s marine park captivity shows between January and March has fallen from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a slide of 13 per cent.

Sea World, which has parks in Florida, Texas and California, has also seen an annual fall in visitors of over 4 percent. The company’s captive orca shows have been subject to negative publicity from around the world and heavily criticised following the release of the acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which highlighted the cruelty related to keeping orcas in captivity and the dangers to the trainers who interact with them.

Released in January 2013, Blackfish focused on the death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer killed in 2012 by Tilikum, one of the orcas kept at Sea World’s Florida park, who has also been involved in the deaths of two other people during his time in captivity.