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Man arrested on suspicion of selling whale teeth

A man has been arrested by police in Oxfordshire following the discovery of a large...

Hundreds of whales killed as Norwegian hunt season ends

The end of the whaling season in Norway has been announced with 580 minke whales killed...

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...

Georgia Aquarium announces death of another captive beluga

Georgia Aquarium in the US has announced the death of Maris, a female beluga whale held in captivity at the acquarium for over 10 years.  Maris was one of the first beluga whales kept at the facility, which puts the death down to ‘sudden, acute animal death’. Maris gave birth in May, but her calf died just a few weeks later after failing to gain weight during the critical early days.

This news comes shortly after the Georgia Aquarium lost a legal battle to bring wild caught beluga whales from Russia to the United States. The Aquarium had been trying to increase the number of belugas its holds by overturning a US federal decision which initially denied its request to import 18 whales captured in Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, on the grounds that the Aquarium had not met conditions required to approve its controversial plan.

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