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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...

Symbolic ban on dolphin captivity announced in Mexico

Mexico’s Legislative Assembly has taken a significant step in the right direction regarding dolphin captivity in the country by announcing a ban on dolphin shows and dolphin assisted therapy in the Federal District of Mexico.

There are two facilities in the District, Six Flag, and la Feria Chapultepec (which does not keep dolphins at present). The modified law does not apply to the rest of Mexico but does represent a symbolic and significant step towards a wider ban in the country, which has more than 30 facilities with approximately 300 dolphins held captive.

A new system of fines will apply to anyone who violates the new laws, and the facilities have been given three months to comply.

The Environment Commission’s president, Lopez Adame reiterated that Dolphin Discovery Six Flags Mexico is ranked as the sixth worst dolphinaria in America.

Keeping whales and dolphins in tanks is wrong. Wild whales and dolphins can travel up to one hundred miles a day, distances that they can never hope to reach trapped in a small concrete tank.

WDC is working to create wild sea sanctuaries for whales and dolphins

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