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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

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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