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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...
Humpback whales in Alaska

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

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

SeaWorld hands six orcas over to facility in Spain

According to information buried in the latest quarterly financial report for captivity giant, SeaWorld the company have relinquished ownership of six orcas and handed them over to Loro Parque, a captivity facility in Tenerife, Spain.

For many years the orcas were on a SeaWorld breeding loan to Loro Parque but now it seems that they have been written off as part of an ongoing business dispute between the two facilities possibly to the tune of $7.8m.

SeaWorld has often pushed the message to the public that the orcas in their care are all like family members to them, yet it appears from the news coming out about the beleaguered company’s latest poor quarterly results, that SeaWorld is selling off its ‘family’ as part of a business deal, leaving these orcas with an uncertain future in Spain. 

WDC will continue to work towards the creation of more naturalistic sea pen sanctuaries where captive orcas can be retired.