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Dolphins suffering in Indonesian travelling circus caught on camera

Video footage taken by an animal welfare NGO in Indonesia has revealed the terrible conditions that dolphins are being kept in by travelling circuses in the country.

The creatures are put into tiny crates prior to being shipped between locations. They are then forced to perform in tiny tanks in shows that include having to leap through burning hoops. Local group, the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, are calling for an end to the practice, and for the local airline, Sriwikaya Air, to stop carrying the dolphins.

Revealed - how whales gulp massive loads of seawater without pain

Researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canada, who have been studying the feeding habits of whales that lunge feed, have uncovered the reason why these huge creatures are able to scoop up such massive volumes of water in their mouths without feeling any pain.

Steps taken to stop dead whales exploding at scene of mass stranding

The carcasses of some of the hundreds of dead pilot whales that stranded on a New Zealand beach in recent days are being punctured in order to prevent them from exploding near volunteers helping with the operation.

Well over 300 pilot whales died last week when they stranded at Farewell Spit despite a huge rescue operation. Another eight whales stranded yesterday (Tuesday), possibly those that had already been re-floated by rescuers days before.

Important habitat confirmed for humpback dolphins in Australia

Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide have confirmed the importance of the Ningaloo reef in north-western Australia as a key habitat for the Australian humpback dolphin, a sub-species of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin.

A three-year study discovered 129 dolphins in the research area, with around one dolphin per sq. km, the highest density ever recorded for this species in northern Australia.

300 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

Around 300 pilot whales have died after stranding in Golden Bay at Farewell Spit on New Zealand's South Island. The location has been the scene of mass strandings in the past. 

Most of the whales were already dead by the time rescuers arrived but around 100 whales have been released back into the sea in the hope they will head back out to the deeper waters where these whales are normally found. Around 500 people took part in the rescue.

Sea World false advertising case given legal green light

A judge in the US has dismissed SeaWorld’s latest attempt to stop a lawsuit that alleges the captivity show giant falsely advertises information about the care of the orcas that it keeps in tanks at its facilities.

The ruling by District Judge Jeffrey White in Northern California now means that those bringing the case of false advertising can move forward with their legal battle against Sea World.

Blogs

Whales and History

The Azores are a renowned hot spot for encountering marine wildlife, including the majestic sperm whale. Holly from WDC’s travel partner Off the Map Travel recently visited the Azores to see first-hand how the islands have moved away from the dark days of whaling, to a brighter future embracing responsible whale watching.

Bycatch – back on the agenda

You have likely seen in the media that common dolphins are washing ashore, dead, in droves in the southwest of England this winter. Not all of them have been caught in fishing nets accidentally, but some of them have.