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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...

New law looks set to ban dolphin shows in France

New legislation in France is set to ban dolphin shows in two years time as part of wider rules that will also target circuses and mink farms.

France currently has two marine parks which hold whales and dolphins. at Marineland Antibes which holds 4 orcas and 12 bottlenose dolphins. Planete Sauvage is thought to have 9 bottlenose dolphins.

Rules in France have gradually been tightened over a number of years with laws previously being brought in to ban the breeding of whales and dolphins in captivity.

It is unclear what the future will now hold for whales and dolphins held in France but the new law highlights the need for the creation of more sanctuaries where captive whales and dolphins can be released into more natural surroundings following the success of the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary that WDC has helped to develop.

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