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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...

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.