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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...

Opposition continues to Arizona dolphin facility

Concern continues to grow over the construction of a new captive dolphin facility in the Arizona desert, Dolphinaris, that is due to open in September.

In a region renowned for its extreme summer heat, the plan to open the facility, which will hold up to 12 dolphins and offer swim-with interactions, has received widespread criticism, including from many people who live in the local town of Scottsdale who are opposed to the marine park.

“I think it’s going to be a nightmare for the dolphins,” Courtney Vail, campaigns and programs manager for WDC, told The Dodo. “You can climate control anything, and any prison cell can be adapted to enable these dolphins to survive, but it doesn’t mean they will thrive.”

It is currently unclear where the dolphins will come from but the owner has said they will all be captive-bred. Sadly, these dolphins will be doomed to a very different life to those at the National Aquarium in Baltimore which announced last week it would be retiring its dolphins to a sea sanctuary.


About George Berry

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