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Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...

Whales left to die in agony as grenade harpoons fail to explode

Evidence has emerged of grenade-tipped harpoons failing to explode when fired into fin whales by...

Brutal hunt in Japan traps 250 dolphins in cove

Fishermen have herded over 250 bottlenose dolphins into a small cove in Taiji, Japan today, where they will be held until the brutal process of selection for the aquarium industry begins shortly.

One of the pod that may also have been captured could be an extremely rare young albino bottlenose dolphin that is known to inhabit the seas around Taiji. This albino dolphin represents considerable monetary value to the fishermen because of its rarity.

The cruel hunts that take place in Taiji’s waters every year were made infamous in 2009 by the Academy Award-winning film, The Cove.

Those dolphins not taken to perform in dolphin shows will either be killed using a spike pushed through the back of their heads, or driven back to the open ocean to join a community stripped of many young dolphins and without many of the elders to guide them.