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An orca is fed in captivity

Ban on promoting whale and dolphin captive cruelty missing from Queen’s speech

Common bottlenose dolphin

Dolphin pens identified at Russian naval base

Analysis of satellite imagery suggests that Russia may be using military dolphins at its naval base at Sevastopol in the Black Sea. Sea pens used to hold the dolphins have been identified near the entrance to the harbour. Tasks carried out by the dolphins may include searching for objects and patrolling local waters. The US…

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Beluga whale

Beluga whale Kairo dies at Oceanogràfic València

A marine park in Spain has announced the death of one of the beluga whales it holds in captivity. Valencia’s Oceanografic released a statement that the male whale called Kairo had died after 20 years being held at the park. He was brought to the park from the Mar de Plata aquarium in Argentina. It…

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Helen the Pacific white-sided dolphin

Captive dolphin Helen dies at US marine park

Helen, a Pacific white-sided dolphin held captive at SeaWorld Antonio has died. The cause of death has yet to be determined. Helen, who was at least 33 years old, was born wild and free in the waters off Japan but was captured in 1996 and spent 26 years in captivity after being caught up in fishing…

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High mercury levels found in slaughtered Japanese dolphin meat

According to reports from Japan, police there are investigating the sale of whale and dolphin meat containing potentially illegal levels of dangerous toxins. Action for Dolphins group say tests on samples of meat sold in the coastal town of Taiji reveal mercury levels up to 25 times higher that safe limits set by the government.…

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