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Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...

Whales left to die in agony as grenade harpoons fail to explode

Evidence has emerged of grenade-tipped harpoons failing to explode when fired into fin whales by...

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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