Captivity

Vancouver bans whales and dolphins in captivity at aquarium

Whales and dolphins will no longer be able to be held in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium after the city's Park Board agreed on Monday to ban bringing in new cetaceans. The ban includes injured or rescued whales and dolphins. 

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.

Two dolphins to be freed from captivity in South Korea

Two Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins held at the Seoul Grand Park aquarium in South Korea are to be released back into the wild in July. 

Geumdeung and Daepo, both male dolphins, were captured in a fishing net in 1997 and 1998 respectively and have spent nearly twenty years in captivity since.

It is believed the decision to release them came from the local mayor, Park Wan-soon. The dolphins will spend the next few months being prepared for their release.

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