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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

With the very real prospect of Iceland's only fin whale hunter, Kristján Loftsson sending boats...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Long-finned pilot whale

Fishermen in Norway eat pilot whale after entanglement in net

According to local reports, fishermen in Norway ate meat from a long-finned pilot whale after...

Cyprus government to overturn dolphinarium ban?

A sixteen year ban on the keeping of dolphins in captivity in Cyprus could be overturned, according to a report in the local Cyprus Mail.

In 1997 a Ministerial decree was passed prohibiting whale and dolphin shows and the use of them for commercial purposes in Cyprus. Finally, after the decree came into force in 1999, the Ayia Napa Marine Park closed its doors, not long after the last of four Black Sea bottlenose dolphins it held had died.

Since 1999, other European countries, such as Croatia, have also enacted bans on dolphinariums.

It appears applications in Cyprus will now be looked at on a case-by-case basis by the government.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.