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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

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North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

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Humpback whale lunge feeding off Manomet Point Credit:John Chisholm/MA Sharks

Whales Make Waves Off Manomet Point

Humpback whale lunge feeding off Manomet Point Credit:John Chisholm/MA Sharks Update July 25th, 2022: On...

More fines for SeaWorld

There has been some more bad news for SeaWorld in the US following the announcement that California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) has fined SeaWorld San Diego for failing to protect its employees from orcas it holds captive in its tanks.

The fines amount to $25,770, and relate, in part, to trainers riding on orcas and swimming with them. SeaWorld has been fined repeatedly in recent years for failing to meet strict safety standards implemented after the death of a trainer, Dawn Brancheau who was dragged into a pool by orca Tillikum in 2010. Her death prompted swift action by OSHA and, in 2011 SeaWorld was ordered by a US court to provide physical barriers (or equivalent) or greater protection for trainers working with orcas, or stop the trainers from working in close proximity to them altogether.

The park said it will appeal this latest fine.

Find out more about the fate of captive orcas.