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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC's Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

SeaWorld to sue over captive orca breeding ban

SeaWorld has begun legal proceedings against the California Coastal Commission over its decision to prevent the marine park from breeding any more orcas at SeaWorld’s San Diego marine park.

The ban was included as part of the ruling to allow SeaWorld to go ahead with its $100m Blue World project, which would have seen an expansion of the tanks holding orcas at the park. Under the ruling no orcas can be sold, traded or transferred. SeaWorld contends that the Commission has no authority to impose such restrictions, claiming that the “the orcas are not, in any way, part of the coastal or marine environment”.

The Commission has said that it stands by its original decision.

More on the fate of captive orcas and orcas held at SeaWorld.

About George Berry

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