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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....

Federal appeals court rejects petition to reopen case for captive-held orca Tokitae

In disappointing news, a Federal appeals court has rejected a petition from conservation groups to reopen a lawsuit over the Miami Seaquarium’s treatment of Tokitae (also called Lolita), the last surviving Southern Resident orca held in captivity.  This is a blow to the latest court effort to free Tokitae from the Seaquarium and retire her to a sea sanctuary in her home waters of Washington State.  The groups involved, including Orca Network and Washington’s Lummi Nation, have vowed that the fight for her freedom will continue until Tokitae returns home.

Tokitae was taken from her family, L pod of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population, in the infamous Penn Cove capture of 1970, when more than 80 individual orcas were rounded up.  Seven young whales were taken and sold to marine parks around the world, and as many as five orcas drowned during the capture.  Tokitae is the only orca surviving from that horrific day, and the last Southern Resident orca in captivity.

 

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