Yet another dolphin has died at Dolphinaris Arizona, the third to lose their life in less than two years at the marine park. The death of Khloe, an 11-year-old bottlenose dolphin, was announced by the park on December 31st, 2018. Dolphinaris Arizona notes the preliminary cause of death as a chronic illness caused by
Well what a season it has been so far! Firstly I would like to reintroduce myself, I am Aimee and I was last year’s residential guide and events volunteer and I am extremely happy to have returned for a second season as a staff member this time round, Scottish Dolphin Centre Guide. I did say I never wanted to leave!
I have pleasure in introducing another guest blog by Icelander and WDC friend, Kris Hjalmarsson, who reviews a brand new book exploring ‘culture’ in whales and dolphins.
According to reports from law enforcement agencies in the US, a young person has admitted to shooting a bottlenose dolphin with a hunting arrow in the waters around Florida. A written confession has been taken and a bow seized.
The dolphin was found dead more than a week after being shot in Orange Beach and a substantial reward was offered.
WDC is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a protected bottlenose dolphin in the seas around Florida, USA. US law enforcement authorities are looking into the incident after the pregnant dolphin was discovered on Miramar Beach in the panhandle area of Florida. It has since been revealed that the dolphin died of a gunshot wound and was within weeks of giving birth.
The first bottlenose dolphins to be driven into the killing cove this season met an all-too-familiar tragic fate over this past weekend in Taiji, Japan.
Shrinking dolphin populations in UK waters may be causing one species to mate with another according to WDC research.
WDC has recently released the first documented proof of hybridisation between wild dolphins in UK waters, where one species mates with a completely different species.
WDC are supportive of efforts to reduce climate impacts and move away from the use of fossil fuels. However, the decision by Scottish Ministers today to consent these four offshore wind farms off the Forth and Tay on the east coast of Scotland will drive another nail in the coffin of the local harbour seal population.
Encountering dolphins in the wild is a pleasure and a privilege, encountering dolphins known to you in the wild is even more special.