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Whale and Dolphin Trafficking Heads East

Four more orcas have now been confirmed to have been captured in Russian waters for ocean amusement parks and aquariums. That makes seven total captured in the past 2+ months in two separate captures in the Sea of Okhotsk—the massive far eastern inland sea of Russia, lying due north of Japan. Having spent time with…

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More wild orcas captured for amusement parks

Three more orcas, or killer whales, have now been confirmed to have been captured in Russian waters for transportation to amusement parks and aquariums. The capture happened in mid-August in the Sea of Okhotsk—the massive far eastern inland sea of Russia, lying due north of Japan—but details are just coming to light. The three orcas,…

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To Understand Whales, Follow the Prey

This summer has been a strange one. How often have we heard those words in recent years for one reason or another? It could be persistently damp climate and flooding, or wildlife of one kind or another breaking the supposed rules of what we think we know about them. This time it’s orcas. Or, more…

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Rare White Orca Spotted Off Russia

Whale scientists working off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia have photographed and filmed a pure white male orca, or killer whale. One of the first sightings of its kind.   ‘Iceberg’, as he has been named, seems happy and healthy, and is leading a normal life with other orcas in his pod. His dorsal fin is…

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