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Captive Orca Nakai Dies at SeaWorld San Diego

credit: SeaWorld San Diego An orca has died while in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego....
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

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...
North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

Update on Snow Cone – Critically Endangered Right Whale Who Gave Birth Despite Chronic Entanglement

July 2022 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has reported that Snow Cone was spotted on...

Sri Lanka to crack down on illegal sale of whale and dolphin meat

Sri Lanka Fisheries Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered the Sri Lankan navy and coastguard to take legal action against fishermen killing dolphins and small whales in the waters off Mirissa, southwest of the island. He has also instructed police to arrest those found selling whale or dolphin meat at local markets.

These creatures have been legally protected in Sri Lankan waters since 1993 however, since the introduction of nylon gillnets in the 1960s, fishermen have frequently caught dolphins and small whales in their nets and sold the meat at local markets.  Some local fishermen have even been tempted to deliberately harpoon dolphins in order to supplement their income and compensate for poor fish catches.

The Minister has stressed the responsibility of the nation to protect the marine mammals in waters around Sri Lanka, highlighting the benefits to the Sri Lankan economy. Whale watching  is extremely popular off Mirissa, attracting thousands of tourists each year.