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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...

Court denies appeal for Lolita, still held captive in Florida

Sadly, despite a plea from U.S. celebrity and well-known advocate Bob Barker to retire Tokitae (Lolita) to a seaside sanctuary, an appeals court ruling has blocked the latest effort to Free Lolita.  The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Miami Seaquarium’s undersized tank, lack of social companions, and inadequate treatment was not violating the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).  

Tokitae is the last surviving Southern Resident orca in captivity.  She is from a unique population now listed as endangered, in large part due to the lasting impacts of the live capture industry, which removed approximately 40% of the population during the 1960s and 70s.  Protection from harm and harassment under the ESA was extended to Tokitae in 2015 when she was legally added to her family’s listing.  Efforts to secure her retirement to a sanctuary using these additional protections have been ongoing since then.