Captivity

Illegal dolphin export gang members arrested in the Solomon Islands

Police and fisheries officials in the Solomon Islands have warned local people not to get involved the illegal capture of dolphins after 14 suspects were arrested on suspicion of operating a ring that traps dolphins to sell overseas.

Earlier this month 20 dolphins were rescued and released from captivity in Rapata Village in Kolombangara Island.

Longest surviving dolphin in captivity in Japan dies

Nana, a bottlenose dolphin who had been held in captivity for over 40 years, has died at the Shimoda Aquarium in Shizuoka, Japan.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine her cause of death. Last month she became the longest surviving dolphin in captivity in Japan after 42 years and 10 months in confinement.

She was captured off the coast of Ito in 1974 and during her time in captivity gave birth to eight calves according to local reports.

Conserving Migratory Species

Some species of whales and dolphins can migrate many thousands of miles, travelling through the national waters of a number of different countries to get to their destinations.

Dolphin dies at desert marine park

A bottlenose dolphin called Bodie has died at the Dolphinaris marine park in Scottsdale, Arizona, barely a year after the controversial park opened.

A statement from the park said that the dolphin was suffering from a rare muscle disease.

The proposal to establish the desert-based swim-with facility was widely condemned by WDC and others. The owners also have several other captive facilities in Mexico.

SeaWorld announces job losses

Captivity giant, SeaWorld has announced that it intends laying off 350 employees following a slump in profits and low attendances at its captivity shows.

According to a spokesperson, the majority of the job losses will be administrative positions at the company's corporate office, as well as its parks in Orlando and San Diego.

Beluga calf born at SeaWorld in San Antonio

A beluga whale called Crissy gave birth to a calf on Sunday afternoon at SeaWorld's marine park in San Antonio. It is not yet known what sex the new calf is.

Sadly, captive beluga whales have not faired well in recent years with several deaths in North American facilities. A newborn calf died shortly after it was born at SeaWorld Orlando in August. In November 2016, a mother and calf died within a few days of each other at the Vancouver Aquarium while in 2015 two young belugas died at SeaWorld and another two at Georgia Aquarium. 

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