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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...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Marine park announces Morgan the orca is pregnant

WDC is devastated to hear that Morgan, the wild orca held at Loro Parque on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, is pregnant. The news comes just a few weeks after SeaWorld, who had previously listed all the Loro Parque orcas on its own company inventory, appeared to conveniently end its association with the Tenerife park.

SeaWorld’s much-heralded announcement of an orca breeding ban in 2016 was never acknowledged by Loro Parque and her pregnancy would contravene the conditions under which her transfer to Loro Parque was allowed under rules governing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in the European Union.

Morgan was originally rescued off the coast off the Netherlands in June 2010 after being found malnourished. After being nursed back to health, it was hoped she could be released back into the wild or moved to a sanctuary but despite a lawsuit and opposition from environmental groups, she was instead moved to Loro Parque in 2011 where she has remained since with five other orcas.

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