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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...

Beluga whale Havok dies in captivity months after transfer

Havok, one of five beluga whales moved to the Mystic Aquarium in May, has tragically died from a pre-existing medical condition according to the aquarium's vets.

Havok was the only male beluga in the group that was transferred from Marineland in Ontario, Canada to Mystic in Connecticut, USA.

WDC strongly opposed plans for the move back in 2019, warning of the dangers posed to the whales. While Canadian law no longer allows whales and dolphins to be brought into captivity there is an exemption for the export of cetaceans already held for research purposes.

Beluga whales do not do well in captive facilities and WDC has successfully opposed several attempts to take more whales from the wild by the captivity industry in recent years.

We also continue our work to provide sanctuaries for captive whales and dolphins.

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

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