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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...

Ontario government rejects cruel captivity shows

Ontario’s government is expected to issue an all-out ban on the selling or buying of orcas, as well as a series of changes in the regulations for other captive marine mammals including dolphins.
The move follows a report by scientists at the University of British Columbia that concluded standards of care that apply to marine mammals in public display facilities are insufficient.
Marineland in Ontario holds the province’s only captive killer whale, Kiska, who was caught in the wild and has been living in her concrete tank in the amusement park for 37 years.

This is the latest in a line of similar decisions as the world starts to turn its back on these kinds of ‘entertainment’ shows. In San Francisco measures were passed last year stating that whales, dolphins and porpoises have the right to be free from life in captivity, and in California, a bill was introduced in early 2014 that would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” Also in 2014, a Senate Committee in New York approved a ban on any future parks from keeping orcas in captivity.