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New understanding of whale communication

Sound is the most important sense for whales. They use it to communicate with another as well as finding their way around the oceans, and in some species to catch their prey too.

SeaWorld criticised as social media campaign backfires

SeaWorld has come in for widespread criticism over its attempts to use social media as part of its new marketing strategy. Launched last week as part of a wider plan to help repair the damage done to its reputation by the documentary film Blackfish, and subsequent loss of visitors and revenue as people stayed away from its marine parks, the company came up with the Twitter hashtag #AskSeaWorld to generate questions that it could then answer on its website.

New Wild Dolphin ‘visitor’ unveiled as WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre opens

After the success of the Wild Dolphins art trail on the streets of Aberdeen last year, WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre is delighted to announce a final addition to the Wild Dolphin trail family, and is asking members of the public to suggest a name for the new mystery creature when the centre opens this week.

Dead dolphin in Adelaide’s Port River was shot

A necropsy (post-mortem) has discovered that a bottlenose dolphin found dead in Adelaide's Port River last December had been shot.

The dolphin, named Graze by researchers, was discovered in the Barker Inlet but only examined this month by staff from the South Australian Museum. Four shotgun pellets were found in the dolphin.

WDC's Dr Mike Bossley said "When we found the body before Christmas it was hard to know why it died, that's why they did a necropsy." 

SeaWorld tries to refresh its tarnished image with new ads

SeaWorld Entertainment has launched its latest new ad campaign to try to halt falls in attendance and revenue, and to counter criticism about keeping whales and dolphins captive in small tanks.

SeaWorld has suffered since the public backlash against captivity that was enhanced by the release of the documentary, Blackfish. The film looked into the death of one of SeaWorld’s trainers and general treatment of the orcas it holds.  Since then attendances at SeaWorld parks have fallen as has its share price.

World zoo organisation accused of links to brutal Japanese dolphin hunts

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the organisation behind the world’s leading zoos, is being taken to court in Switzerland by conservation groups over claims that it is directly linked to the infamous dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan.

Waza stands accused of helping secure captured dolphins for one of its members, despite publicly condemning the hunts. The organisation is alleged to have allowed a deal between the fishermen in Taiji (who herd and slaughter the dolphins) and the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which is an associate WAZA member.

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