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The Forgotten Dolphins: The Problem with Dolphin Assisted Therapy

Sign up here to get a weekly digest of WDC’s blogs Powered by Feedio In some marine parks and dolphinaria in North America and across the world, an additional type of dolphin encounter has developed: Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT) encourages people suffering from mental and physical health concerns to enter the water with dolphins or whales to…

Great Dolphin Action At Chanonry Point…

It has been a great, very busy week of dolphin activity at Chanonry Point, Scotland. As well as seeing five out of the six adopt a dolphin stars in the area today, Kesslets son Charlie thought that the place needed livening up a bit so who better to go romping around with than his young buddy…

The pilot whale slaughter that also raises serious human health concerns

Once again, more pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Faroes. This time 43 whales have been killed in the first hunt of the season on the Islands. The whales were driven to shore and killed in the bay of the Faroese village Hvannasund. A total of 508 pilot whales had been killed in 2015. The…

Forgotten dolphins # 3 – the sad stories of the dolphins held by SeaWorld

Please sign our petition now SeaWorld holds dolphins in a number of different “attractions” across its facilities, from daily shows to interaction programmes such as swimming and wading in the dolphins’ enclosure. At Aquatica, for example, you can take the “Dolphin Plunge”, which sends you racing down an enclosed tube through the tank holding four…

Future fishing rules must include better bycatch monitoring and reduction

Future fishing rules in European waters, like elsewhere in the world, need to include transparent management and better mitigation of marine life bycatch – for all countries, whether or not they are part of the EU. WDC are calling for a clear, effective strategy to identify the steps that are required by all countries that…

Pledge Never to Plunge: the Risks to dolphins (and people)

Captive breeding is tricky for whales and dolphins.  The unnatural environment, stressful conditions, and lack of a normal social setting may all contribute to the high mortality rates for infants and lack of successful reproductive efforts for captive individuals.  Some whales and dolphins, like orcas, learn how to care for their young from their own…