Captivity

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. 

Is swimming with dolphins losing its popularity in Mexico?

New research by Mexican marketing consultants suggests that the popularity of swimming with captive dolphins appears to be waning in the state of Quintana Roo. Studies of visitor numbers to facilities in locations such as Cancun and Riviera Maya have shown a steady decline in recent years with less than 10% of visitors to the region in 2016 taking part in such activities.

Impact of Hurricane Irma on Captive Dolphins Facilities

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.

Beluga whale Gia dies at Marineland Canada

Marineland Canada has issued a statement announcing the death of Gia, a beluga whale held in captivity at the park.

The statement says that Gia died suddenly, and that preliminary investigations indicate the cause of death was a twisted small intestine that resulted in a fatal blockage.

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