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Is SeaWorld feeling the heat of Harry Potter

SeaWorld, besieged by public pressure at home and facing an increasingly difficult regulatory environment in the USA, may be looking to expand overseas to escape the restrictions it is facing as people become more concerned about its care for whales and dolphins and its own staff. The Orlando Sentinel reports that on Wednesday SeaWorld had…

SeaWorld where is the “Science”?

On SeaWorld’s own website they claim that their “… published studies on killer whales showcase SeaWorld’s larger commitment to animal welfare and conservation … (and) complement and strengthen research efforts in the field”. So a challenge was set and we wanted to find out the extent of this “larger commitment”. First stop was the SeaWorld…

How Time Flies – My First Month as a Field Research Intern

Venus Fung is a recent graduate of Boston University and she started her internship with us at the end of March.  We are actually a bit delayed in sharing her blog since there has been so much going on! The spring is a very busy time for us; we annually participate in a number of…

SeaWorld as a conservation donor?

The first SeaWorld park opened in 1964 but it was another 15 years before they introduced the concept of education, when they were legally mandated to do so – the park’s founder even admits that the park was created “strictly as entertainment”. A further 15 years passed before SeaWorld made the decision to put something…

The IWC Scientific Committee gets underway

The International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Scientific Committee’s annual meeting has begun today, in Bled, Slovenia. The meeting is scheduled to carry on from now until the 24th of this month. This meeting of the Scientific Committee is taking place in the shadow of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling against Japan‘s commercial whaling in…

EXPO-nential progress linking fish with Icelandic whaling

I’ve just returned from the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels.  As its name suggests, it is the largest seafood trade show in the world, boasting nearly 1,700 company stands and attracting more than 25,000 members of the seafood industry from around the world. So why was WDC there? Quite simply, to highlight the links between…