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More help for entangled whales thanks to project funding

A project to stop whale entanglement in fishing gear has received a huge boost thanks...

Iceland to monitor whale hunt cruelty

Following our call for an investigation into violations of the Icelandic Whaling and Animal Welfare...
Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale in River Seine dies after rescue attempt

A beluga whale that became trapped in the River Seine in France has sadly had...
Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...

Experts raise concerns for beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium

Animal behaviour experts abserving the activities of a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada have expressed concerns that the whales are exhibiting repetitive behaviour — also known as sterotypy.

After visiting the facility one expert, Rebecca Ledger said that the belugas were ‘trapped, not fulfilled and were behaving abnormally.’

‘These are very intelligent animals, she said. we’re not talking about cockroaches.’

Of particular concern is the mental state of Qila, a beluga whale held captive since birth in 1995. Visitors to the Vancouver Aquarium can watch Qila swim repetitively in a clockwise pattern for a large part of the day.

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