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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's visitor figures drop again

SeaWorld’s financial figures for the first quarter of the year saw its revenues drop by around 15% compared with the same period in previous year. Although overall losses improved, visitor numbers also fell, the company putting much of this down to a late Easter.

The company announced it was no longer going to breed orcas in capitivity last year and recently ended its theatrical shows featuring the whales. Instead, the company will soon be launching a new “Orca Encounter” which it claims will be a more educational experience.

The figures were released the day after the Zhonghong Group completed the purchase of its 21% stake in the company from the Blackstone Group. SeaWorld will be offering advice to an affiliate of the Chinese-based company on new parks in Asia, but says these will not feature orca shows.

About George Berry

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