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Teenage captive orca dies at facility in Tenerife

Teenage captive orca dies at facility in Tenerife

Loro Parque in Tenerife has announced that one of the young orcas it holds captive has died. Skyla, a female orca was born at SeaWorld in Orlando (US) in 2004 to mother Kalina and father Tilikum. She was just two years of age when she was taken from her mother and flown to the Canary…

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Whales in Waters Around Russia Could Still Be Captured

A Russian ‘expert’ working group has concluded that the exploitation of whales and dolphins for cultural and educational purposes should continue. The working group was responding to a 100,000 thousand signature petition from members of the public in Russia asking the government there to end captures of orcas, beluga whales and dolphins for sale to…

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Positive whaling news emerges from Iceland

News is emerging from Iceland that the company behind Iceland’s fin whale hunts, Hvalur hf, will not be venturing out to kill endangered fin whales this summer.  According to Icelandic press reports, Hvalur hf’s owner, Kristian Loftsson, has said the hunts will not take place due to tough market conditions in Japan. This will be the…

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Newer sonar technology still a threat to whales

A study into the effects of newer underwater sonar technology has revealed that it is just as disruptive to whales as sonar used by the military. Researchers at St. Andrews University, led by Professor Patrick Miller, looked at experiments on continuous sonar near Norway. Data from the new, continuous sonar was compared to data from…

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Solitary captive dolphin Honey dies

Dolphin Project reports state that a bottlenose dolphin named Honey has died at the Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium near Tokyo in Japan. She was often described as the world’s loneliest dolphin. Honey was taken from the wild in 2005 in one of the drive hunts that take place each year in Taiji, Japan. In these…

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SeaWorld CEO parts company with captivity giant

SeaWorld has parted with another CEO. Sergio Rivera was the theme park giant’s chief executive officer for only five months. He is thought to have left after disagreements with the board. Previous CEO, Gus Antorcha, was with SeaWorld for fewer than seven months. He  also resigned following internal disagreements over decision making. SeaWorld has faced…

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Dolphins sync when they work together

A new study has shown male bottlenose dolphins synchronise their physical and verbal actions when they work together in a very similar way to humans. Using long-term acoustic data from studying a population of dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, researchers discovered that the male dolphins in the group matched the tempo of each other’s…

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