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Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
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...

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.