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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...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

SeaWorld to challenge ban on orca breeding at San Diego marine park

SeaWorld has announced that it will take legal action in the US against the California Coastal Commission following a recent court decision that would ban killer whale breeding at SeaWorld San Diego.

Just a few days ago, the Commission agreed to plans allowing SeaWorld to expand its San Diego marine park. But, at the same time, the court imposed major restrictions – one of which being a complete ban on the breeding of orcas at the park, which currently holds 11 whales

SeaWorld will now fight that ban on the grounds that animal welfare is governed by federal and state laws that do not fall within the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission’s appointed board. This latest announcement is seen by many as a desperate attempt by SeaWorld to save the project and the park. Without the ability to breed, big doubts would remain over the long-term viability of the project, and it could mean that the remaining orcas are the last ones that would ever be held in captivity at the San Diego facility.

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