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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...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...

SeaWorld announces plan to build park in Middle East

SeaWorld has announced plans to build its first marine park in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, due to open in 2022. The park will be the first SeaWorld attraction to operate without displaying orcas.

Earlier this year, SeaWorld ended its orca breeding programme after years of criticism. However, while the orcas it currently holds will not be replaced, the marine park owner still holds 168 other whales and dolphins in captivity.

The announcement comes at a time when SeaWorld continues to restructure after poor financial results in recent years. Most recently, it revealed planned job losses of 320 staff at its US parks.

About George Berry

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