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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...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

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