Amidst the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida and several Caribbean islands, there have been major concerns for the many dolphins held in captive facilities throughout the region.
Following many years of effort by WDC’s Stop Whaling team, together with some great work from other NGOs including Humane Society International, an overwhelming majority of EU parliamentarians have voted today in favour of a resolution to end whale meat being moved by whalers through EU ports.
This is great news but there is lot more work for us to do to turn this support into a legal ban on transiting whale meat through the EU. We will keep you updated on how you can help us keep up the pressure.
News reporters joined members of the public to rescue two dolphins who were found stranded on a beach in Florida as Hurricane Irma swept through the state.
One of the dolphins appeared to be a calf while the other was an adult. After taking advice from local strandings experts, an NBC reporter covering the storm helped out in the rescue on Marco Island on the Gulf Coast.
More news on Spirtle - the now famous dolphin badly sunburned while she was stranded on the shore for 24 hours last May in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland.
WDC met with Fisheries Minister, George Eustice today to hand over 76,000 signatures from members of the public who joined WDC’s campaign asking for strong laws to protect dolphins, whales and porpoises from death and injury in fishing gear (bycatch) in UK seas.
A report just published by ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) reveals that EU Member States are failing to adequately monitor the number of dolphins, porpoises and whales dying as a result of accidental entanglement in fishing gear (bycatch) in EU waters.
Alpha have agreed that as of today, in line with WDC’s policy against swimming with whales and dolphins, they have removed ‘swim with’ experiences from their policies and activity packs, to show that they do not support or endorse the activity.
In sad news during a strange summer for the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has announced the disappearance, and presumed death, of another matriarch of the Southern Resident community.
Reports from Spain have emerged regarding an incident on a tourist beach in which a baby dolphin died after apparently being removed from the sea by bathers.
The small dolphin, reportedly a female became stranded in shallow waters in Mojacar, southern Spain after losing her mother. Witnesses say that sunbathers passed the baby dolphin around for selfies on the packed tourist beach.
Children were also seen accidentally covering the small creature's blowhole as crowds gathered.