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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...

SeaWorld announces job losses

Captivity giant, SeaWorld has announced that it intends laying off 350 employees following a slump in profits and low attendances at its captivity shows.

According to a spokesperson, the majority of the job losses will be administrative positions at the company’s corporate office, as well as its parks in Orlando and San Diego.

SeaWorld employs around 5,000 full-time workers and operates 12 parks across the US and is attempting to rebuild its reputation in the face of strong criticism and a public backlash to the practice of holding whales and dolphins captive in small tanks. 

Attendances and profits have been falling since the release of Blackfish, the award-winning film focusing on the life of Tilikum, an orca from Iceland who was held in captivity by SeaWorld and who died earlier this year.

WDC is working to establish a sanctuary for beluga whales held in captivity.

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