Today, WDC representatives, Rob Lott (End Captivity campaigner) and Julia Thoms (campaigns manager) met with senior Carnival staff at their headquarters in Miami. We were there to present more than 27,000 signatures from WDC supporters who want Carnival to stop offering their cruise ship passengers shore excursions to swim-with-dolphins attractions. If you were one of the 27,000 who signed our petition - thank you, we were there on your behalf.
The world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales, a project we have been working on for many years, was officially launched today.
Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial whale hunting at the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the global body that regulates whale hunts) as, according to Japanese government representatives, some whale populations have become large enough to justify the killing.
Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has slaughtered an endangered fin whale today in defiance of the international ban on commercial whaling.
The hunt is Iceland’s first in three years and marks the start of a whaling season that could see as many as 238 of these majestic creatures killed.
A 67ft fin whale – landed overnight at the whaling station in Hvalfjörður, Iceland – became the first kill of the new season.
The importance of considering whales and dolphins as individuals, each with their own personalities, experiences and strategies has been highlighted by a study of interactions between dolphins and fishermen off the beaches of Laguna, in Brazil published in the journal Animal Behaviour. At various locations in Laguna, between 10 to 20 dolphins will herd fish to where the men wait in a line with their nets. The reward – fish!
According to a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers, beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to freshwater fish and crustaceans in a bid to survive.
Information gained from the analysis beluga bone and teeth has shown that the belugas formerly fed on prey that had little contact with freshwater, but that has changed as the belugas have sought food in areas where river water flows into the ocean.
We are very sad to share news announced today by the Center for Whale Research – L92 (Crewser), a 23-year-old male orca from the critically endangered Southern Resident population, is missing and presumed dead. This unique community of orcas now has just 75 individuals remaining.
Colleagues from the Far East Russian Orca Project (FEROP) have encountered one of the rare white orcas off the Commander Islands, about 100 miles off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The orca, known as Mama Tanya, was last seen in 2010.
Reports from Russia have emerged detailing a decision by fisheries authorises that orcas will once again be targeted for capture for sale to aquariums.
A quota to capture up to 13 orcas from the Okhotsk Sea this summer has just been made public and comes despite strong objection from scientists and others within Russia.
At least 20 orcas have been captured from the Okhotsk Sea since 2012 even though uncertainty around population numbers remains, and a recommendation by Russian scientists that no orcas should be taken from this wild population.
WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre has once again received a great review from national tourist organisation, Visit Scotland.
The Centre maintained its 4 star Wildlife Experience accreditation following an assessment from Visit Scotland’s team, who look at a range of areas including staff hospitality and service, cleanliness, visitor information, retailing and catering.