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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
hvalur-8-whaling-vessel

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...
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...

Orca dies in captivity at Marineland Antibes

Marineland, Antibes has just announced the death of the 19 year old male orca, Valentin. It was reported last week that the French park was devastated by torrential floods and the tanks holding the orcas were polluted with the muddy flood waters. Electrical supplies in the area were also affected and WDC understands that the park will now remain closed until next year.

Valentin’s mother, Freya, a wild-caught Icelandic orca died at the park in June aged approx. 33 years.

More on the fate of orcas in captivity.

Valentin - orca held at Marineland Antibes, FranceValentin in captivity. Photo © Anne-Sophie Ring