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US aquarium loses court battle to import beluga whales

Georgia Aquarium has lost a legal battle to bring wild caught beluga whales from Russia to the United States. The Aquarium had been trying to overturn a US federal decision which initially denied its request to import 18 whales captured in Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, on the grounds that the Aquarium had not met conditions…

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SeaWorld says no to belugas

As representatives from the Georgia Aquarium continue their legal battle to bring wild caught beluga whales from Russia to the United States, events have taken an unusual twist with the revelation by captivity show giant, SeaWorld, that they would not now accept any of the belugas (under a breeding loan) that the Georgia Aquarium is…

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Beluga whales latest surprise visitor to UK waters

Two beluga whales were sighted in the North Sea earlier this week off the coast of Northumberland. The whales were caught on camera swimming just off the beach. In July another beluga was seen off Northern Ireland. Belugas, normally found in cold, arctic waters, are rare visitors to UK waters with less than 20 recorded sightings.

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Entitlement and the Georgia Aquarium: Hearing reveals the privilege of Public Display Industry

In the ongoing lawsuit entangling Georgia Aquarium, Inc., the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and a coalition of environmental and animal protection organizations that includes WDC, a hearing was held in the federal district court in Atlanta on August 14th. This hearing addressed the merits of legal proceedings initiated by Georgia Aquarium upon the…

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Belugas whales spotted 500 miles from the sea

A small pod of beluga whales has been spotted by a group of people heading up the Yukon River, about 550 miles from the mouth of the Yukon River and the Bering Sea. It is thought that the whales were following groups of salmon up the river and they will return once the food runs…

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WDC to attend beluga import court case this week

A federal judge will hear oral arguments on Friday in the ongoing legal battle over whether the Georgia Aquarium should be allowed to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia into the US. The US National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) denial of Georgia Aquarium’s permit application to import the belugas captured in Russian waters was…

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SeaWorld's beluga whale calf dies

Weeks after a beluga whale calf died at the Georgia Aquarium, another calf has died having lived for just 3 weeks at SeaWorld San Antonio. It is the second beluga whale death at SeaWorld this year following the loss of an adult male, Nanuq, at its Orlando park in February. The calf was born one…

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