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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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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...
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...

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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