Captivity

Canada needs help to End Captivity

Coming in the wake of recent efforts to end the cruel practice of captivity for whales, dolphins, and porpoises in North America, a bill currently in Canada’s Senate, S-203 (the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act), would phase out captivity of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the entire country, with the exception of rescue and rehabilitation to return them to the wild.

False killer whale dies at Vancouver Aquarium

A false killer whale named Chester has died at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. His body will be examined to determine the cause of death.

The whale was rescued as a calf in July 2014 affer being found on a beach near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island in poor condition. False killer whales are usually found living in deeper warm temperate or tropical waters.

Illegal dolphin export gang members arrested in the Solomon Islands

Police and fisheries officials in the Solomon Islands have warned local people not to get involved the illegal capture of dolphins after 14 suspects were arrested on suspicion of operating a ring that traps dolphins to sell overseas.

Earlier this month 20 dolphins were rescued and released from captivity in Rapata Village in Kolombangara Island.

Longest surviving dolphin in captivity in Japan dies

Nana, a bottlenose dolphin who had been held in captivity for over 40 years, has died at the Shimoda Aquarium in Shizuoka, Japan.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine her cause of death. Last month she became the longest surviving dolphin in captivity in Japan after 42 years and 10 months in confinement.

She was captured off the coast of Ito in 1974 and during her time in captivity gave birth to eight calves according to local reports.

Conserving Migratory Species

Some species of whales and dolphins can migrate many thousands of miles, travelling through the national waters of a number of different countries to get to their destinations.

Dolphin dies at desert marine park

A bottlenose dolphin called Bodie has died at the Dolphinaris marine park in Scottsdale, Arizona, barely a year after the controversial park opened.

A statement from the park said that the dolphin was suffering from a rare muscle disease.

The proposal to establish the desert-based swim-with facility was widely condemned by WDC and others. The owners also have several other captive facilities in Mexico.

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