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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

With the very real prospect of Iceland's only fin whale hunter, Kristján Loftsson sending boats...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Long-finned pilot whale

Fishermen in Norway eat pilot whale after entanglement in net

According to local reports, fishermen in Norway ate meat from a long-finned pilot whale after...

WDC joins call for SeaWorld to release full details of Tilikum's death

WDC has signed on to an open letter calling for SeaWorld to follow their legal obligations under the US National Marine Fisheries Service to release Tilikum’s full necropsy (animal autopsy). This also applies to his offspring and grand-offspring, including Kyara, the last orca calf to be born at SeaWorld, who died in July.

This information would be a valuable resource for scientists working to conserve wild orca populations, as it would provide detail on the type of bacteria and pathogens that can affect orcas, and what they might be most susceptible to, even though stress and prevalence of certain pathogens in captivity is certainly different than what wild orcas may be exposed to.  For example, a recent study on the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population showed surprising pathogens present in their exhalations, including suspected antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and, according to SeaWorld, Tilikum died from an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacterial pneumonia

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About George Berry

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