Canada conservation organizations are petitioning their federal government to take immediate action under the Species at Risk Act (SARA, the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. Endangered Species Act) to protect the endangered Southern Resident orca population and the Chinook salmon they depend on.
We are disappointed to share the news that the Florida Orca Protection Act did not make it out of subcommittee in the State legislature, and will not move forward on its own in Florida this year. Introduced in the Florida House of Representatives just a few weeks ago, the Florida bill would set into law SeaWorld’s pledges to phase out orca performa
Falling visitor numbers have caused a dolphinarium in Japan to announce it will close its doors.
The Inubasaka Marine Park, which opened in 1974, only now receives around 50,000 visitors a year, down from a peak of 300,000 a few years ago.
It is unclear what will happen to the dolphins held at the park but sadly it appears they will be moved to other facilities.
Find out more about why whales and dolphins should not be kept in captivity.
An orca held at a captive facility in France has apparently been trained to speak according to scientists.
The whale, called ’Wikie,’ is currently held in a tank at Marineland in Antibes. She has been recorded saying ‘Hello,’ ‘May,’ ‘one, two, three,’ and other words and phrases, after copying trainers saying the words directly or in recordings. This was part of a study created by scientists from St. Andrews and Madrid Universities.
After years of campaigning by WDC and others, the Scottish government announced today that it is considering the creation of four new marine protected areas (MPAs) around its coastline, which will now go out for public consultation.
A tourist from Brazil is claiming compensation after she was allegedly bitten by a dolphin while leaving the water at a marine park in Colombia.
The incident occured while the woman was visiting the Oceanario Islas del Rosario near Cartegena. According to news reports she suffered injuries to her leg which the park was then unable to treat due to a lack of basic medical resources. A local clinic provided antibiotics to prevent infection.
Pupils at a school in Scotland have persuaded two major organisations to stop the use of plastic straws in their bid to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean.
Campaigners from Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow, who have worked closely with WDC’s Shorewatch team and field officers in recent years, have convinced Scotland's biggest council to ban straws, and also Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferries to stop offering straws to customer on their vessels.
Following an announcement this week by Japan that it intends upgrading its ageing lead whale hunting ship, Japan’s prime minister has made his intentions clear regarding a desire to resume commercial whaling.
Taiji, the Japanese coastal town where the notorious dolphin drive hunts take place, announced on Wednesday that it has established cultural links with Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. Those cultural links include the fact that Klaksvik is also a location where drive hunts take place, primarily targeting pilot whales.
In a news conference the Taiji mayor announced he had visited the Faroes and his counterpart in Klaksvik would likely make a recipricol visit later this year.
Steps in the right direction or too little too late?
Today, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans outlined four immediate measures being put into place before the 2018 Canadian snow crab fishing season to protect North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear entanglements in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: