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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...

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk tells cruise line to boldly stop passengers swimming with dolphins

William Shatner, the actor who famously played Captain Kirk in the cult TV series, Star Trek has urged a Norwegian Cruise Line to stop offering its passenger the opportunity to swim with dolphins on their themed ‘Star Trek: The Cruise voyage’ trips.

Shatner, who has previously hosted a ‘Star Trek’ cruise on a Norwegian passenger vessel, released a letter written in conjunction with the animal rights group, PETA, and sent to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank J. Del Rio, in which he said; “Aboard the USS Enterprise, it was Captain Kirk’s duty ‘to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations’ in order to advance and diversify our own. The exploitation of any species for profit and entertainment would have violated the Prime Directive,” 

The next Star Trek: The Cruise trip leaves port in January 2018 from Miami, and will make its way to Honduras, Belize and Mexico.

Shatner stated that he’s happy for fans to sail on the themed voyage but insisted that condemning captive animals to a “lifetime of suffering” for entertainment cannot be justified.

Interacting with captive dolphins at a marine park or aquarium may seem like fun. But the harsh reality is kept hidden. Many people don’t realize that dolphins are living a stressful and often dramatically shortened life in captivity . Many have been captured and taken from their families in the wild.

The cruise industry has a responsible role to play when it comes to trips and destinations on offer to the public. Previously, two major German cruise lines announced that they will not send their ships to the Faroe Islands because of the cruel whale hunts that take place there.

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