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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...

SeaWorld profits tank

Profit forecasts for captivity theme park giant, SeaWorld seem to have taken another big plunge, falling below market expectations for the year.

The company has reported a huge net loss of over $80 million as it struggles to deal with the public backlash against keeping orcas in tanks for entertainment. Anti-captivity campaigns such as those run by WDC have increased public pressure on SeaWorld forcing the company to issue a recent, tactical statement pledging to stop breeding orcas and to phase out performances involving orcas in the coming year. However, the 29 orcas that SeaWorld holds captive will remain in small tanks. WDC will continue to campaign to improve their situation through the creation of more naturalistic sea pen sanctuaries where captive orcas can be retired. WDC will also continue to highlight the plight of the numerous dolphins and belugas held captive by SeaWorld that seem to have been forgotten.