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SeaWorld's visitor figures drop again

SeaWorld's financial figures for the first quarter of the year saw its revenues drop by around 15% compared with the same period in previous year. Although overall losses improved, visitor numbers also fell, the company putting much of this down to a late Easter.

Wild dolphins are sicker than captive ones says study… by captivity theme park vet!

A study analysing the health of two wild dolphin populations claims that wild dolphins are exposed to more pollutants than those held captive in concrete tanks.

The study in the journal PLOS ONE, compared to two populations of captive dolphins in Georgia and California with two wild dolphin populations also in the US, in Florida and another in South Carolina.

Australian marine park faces court case over advertising claims

A marine park in Australia, Coff's Harbour Dolphin Marine Magic, is being taken to court over its advertising claims that dolphins held at the park are "happy and healthy".

Animal welfare charity, Australia for Dolphins, claims that the public are being misled under Australian consumer law and that the dolphins suffer from stress and the risk of early death.

The case will now be heard in the Federal Circuit Court. Five bottlenose dolphins are currently held at the park.

Whales whisper to avoid attack

Most whales are known for their loud underwater calls that can reach across many miles of ocean, but scientists have revealed that newborn humpback whales and their mothers frequently whisper to each other as part of a defence mechanism against attack.

The study, by researchers from Denmark and Australia revealed unique, intimate forms of communication between mothers and calves thought to be used to avoid any potential predators like orcas from listening in, locating and then killing the calves

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