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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...

US Aquarium wants to create sanctuary for captive dolphins

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, US has announced that eight of the bottlenose dolphins it holds will now be retired to a natural sea sanctuary by 2020.

A location has not been found yet but the intention is for the dolphins to remain in the sanctuary under human care. The dolphins stopped public performances at the aquarium in 2012 but remain on display.

Recently, SeaWorld announced that the orcas it holds captive would no longer perform in shows, but the company will keep them in small tanks rather than freeing them into a sea sanctuary.

WDC is continuing its work with Merlin Entertainments to establish sanctuaries for bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales. The fact that The National Acquarium has not announced a location, and that the sanctuary won’t operate for at least four years, highlights how long and complicated the process to find and develop the right site really is. Sanctuaries need to offer space and protection in clean waters of the right temperature, and require large amounts of funding to keep them operational. You can read more on that story here.

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