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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...

Vancouver Park Board votes to end whale and dolphin captivity at aquarium

WDC welcomes the news that the Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously last week to end whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium is situated in the city’s Stanley Park, which is run by the Park Board. 

The Aquarium had already said it no longer intended to keep whales or dolphins after 2029 but had announced plans in February to bring back a number of beluga whales currently on loan at other marine parks. This followed the unexplained deaths of the aquarium’s two remaining beluga whales last year. Three other species are held at the park – harbour porpoise, false killer whale and Pacific white-sided dolphin. A decision has still to be made on whether they can remain at the aquarium or will be moved.