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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...

Illegal dolphin export gang members arrested in the Solomon Islands

Police and fisheries officials in the Solomon Islands have warned local people not to get involved the illegal capture of dolphins after 14 suspects were arrested on suspicion of operating a ring that traps dolphins to sell overseas.

Earlier this month 20 dolphins were rescued and released from captivity in Rapata Village in Kolombangara Island.

For many years, the Solomons were a source of dolphins for theme parks and other captivity facilities. But, after years of campaigning by anti captivity groups, the Solomons government finally banned the capture and export of dolphins in 2012.

The practice still persists with people reportedly earning around 100,000 Solomon Island dollars, or about $US13, 000, for each live dolphin sold and exported.

Under local laws the penalty for attempting to export dolphins can be a £500,000 fine and/or a two-year prison sentence. In 2016  around 30 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that had been illegally captured in the Solomon Islands were released back to the wild.