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Third orca death in 18 months at theme park

Loro Parque tourist attraction in Tenerife, Spain has announced the death of Kohana, a 20-year-old...

WDC’s Shorewatch work shortlisted for nature award

We are thrilled that our Shorewatch programme has been shortlisted in the Citizen Science category...
Image from one of the WDC Risso's dolphin research catalogues

Local community helps piece together Risso’s dolphin puzzle

Thousands of photographs from members of the public have been published today in two WDC...

Tesco joins new initiative to help protect whales and dolphins

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer has joined WDC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and the Royal Society...

Another Dolphinarium Opens, This Time In Moscow

WDCS is dismayed to learn that a new dolphinarium opened in December 2011 at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre in Moscow, a country where the capture and supply of marine mammals is still a depressingly big business.
The new dolphinarium is home to captive Black Sea dolphins and beluga whales, some of which were formerly housed at the now-defunct Moscow Dolphinarium, which closed down in mid-2011 amid claims of incompetence and animal cruelty.

WDCS is opposed to the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity for many reasons. Whales and dolphins that are confined in a dolphinarium cannot behave naturally. When captive, these animals are severely deprived of freedom, stimuli and social contact, and usually die younger than they would in the wild.

Find out more about whales and dolphins in captivity.