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Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

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...

Poll shows big jump in numbers of Americans opposed orca captivity

A new US poll commissioned by WDC together with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has shown that US public opinion is turning against orca captivity. According to the poll, half of Americans oppose the practice of keeping orcas in tanks, with only 21 percent in favour of captivity. The remaining people asked were undecided. In addition, 82 percent said that the inability of killer whales to engage in their natural behaviours while in captivity is a “convincing” reason to end this practice, with 57 percent saying it is “very convincing.”

An identical poll of 1000 adults in 2012 revealed 39 percent against and only 26 percent in favour. This year’s results indicate an increase of 11 percent in the number of Americans opposed to orca captivity.