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SeaWorld announces death of Tilikum

SeaWorld today announced the sad news that the orca, Tilikum, whose story was featured in the award-winning 2013 documentary Blackfish, has died at its Orlando marine park. 

A cause of death has not been issued but concerns were first raised about the orca's health last year when he was diagnosed as suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection in his lungs.

First underwater images of humpback whales in UK waters taken in Shetlands

Humpback whales have been regularly sighted in the waters around the British Isles in recent years, from Cornwall to Northern Scotland, and many of these sightings have been recorded with photographs. But until now, it is thought there has never been any underwater footage taken of these creatures in UK waters.

Now for the first time, two wildlife photographers, Richard Shucksmith and Brydon Thomason, have captured close-up images of whales that recently visited the Shetland Islands, north of mainland Scotland.

Dolphins escape from captive facility in Japan

Four dolphins have escaped from the DolphinBase facility in Japan after holes in perimeter nets were found to have been slashed.

DolphinBase is located in the town of Taiji, known internationally for the cruel dolphin drive hunts that take place there every year during which large numbers of wild dolphins are herded into a small cove and either slaughtered, or hand-picked for captive facilities like DolphinBase.

Swimming with dolphins not a good idea says new research

Scientists in Florida looking at decades of data around interactions between dolphins and people have underlined WDC’s position that swimming with dolphins is not a good idea.

Swimming or interacting with dolphins is increasing in popularity. Unfortunately, most participants in these activities are unaware of the problems surrounding them, and the negative impact on the dolphins involved.

Whale watching tours to resume in Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura has announced that it will resume whale watching tours on Monday (January 2nd). It was forced to suspend operations in November after an earthquake left the town on New Zealand's South Island cut off and its marina suffered serious damaged. 

One young mans fight against plastic pollution

Ryan is an amazing young man. With hundreds of millions of items of plastic entering circulation every year, and over 80% of it reportedly never recycled, it’s no wonder we have a major plastic pollution issue on our hands. Ryan decided to do something about this from the age of just three. Now aged seven, Ryan has sorted recyclables that have been donated by friends, family, neighbours each week and makes regular trips to the local recycling center in Orange County, California. So far, he has recycled over 200,000 bottles and cans and donated lots of money to charity.

Rare Shepherd's beaked whale strands in New Zealand

A rarely seen Shepherd's beaked whale has died after stranding on a beach in New Zealand. The whale was discovered at Caroline Bay in Timaru on Monday evening. 

Despite the efforts of rescuers the whale could not be saved. It is not the first time a Shepherd's beaked whale has been seen in the area, leading to speculation there might be a population living in nearby waters.

Barcelona to be a dolphinaria free zone

Authorities in Barcelona, Spain have announced that the city is to become a dolphinaria-free city.

Dolphins have been held in captivity for ‘entertainment’ in city facilities for 45 years, but the new announcement bans the building of any new dolphinaria and new homes will be sought for the six dolphins currently held (four in Barcelona zoo and two on loan to Oceanografic in Valencia).

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