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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...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

Ukraine claims military dolphins died defending their country

Four years after requesting that Russia return dolphins trained to assist in military operations, Ukrainian officials, bizarrely, now say that the dolphins are probably dead but died after refusing to follow Russian military orders.

The dolphins, which are trained to identify underwater obstacles and mines, had been kept at the Cossack Bay aquarium in Sevastopol after falling into Russian hands when Crimea was annexed back in March 2014.

Boris Babin, the Ukrainian government’s representative in Crimea, has now claimed that the dolphins had died patriotically, defending their country. He said that the dolphins refused to follow orders or eat food provided by the “Russian invaders” and that the hunger strike led to their eventual death.

Dolphins have been used by the military mainly since the cold war, due to their extraordinary capabilities and use of echolocation.  The US navy also currently keeps dolphins in captivity for the same military purposes. 

‘Military dolphins’ are confined in captivity, which can cause them extreme mental and physical stress and suffer during transportation to facilities and in military operations.

WDC is working to establish a sanctuary for beluga whales held in captivity – read more.

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