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Ex-captive dolphins give birth in the wild

Ex-captive dolphins give birth in the wild

Three Indo-Pacific dolphins who were successfully released back into the wild after being illegally captured off the coast of South Korea over a decade ago, have rejoined their pod and had babies.  Around 120  Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins live around Jeju Island in the Korea Strait off South Korea. Between 2009 to 2010, 11 individuals were illegally…

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Captive dolphins in the Netherlands to move to China

Plans announced by Dolfinarium Harderwijk, Netherlands that it will end its dolphin shows have turned out to be bad news for the dolphins concerned, as the facility has revealed that it intends on moving eight of the bottlenose dolphins it keeps to China. Harderwijk will also move the walrus and sea lions it holds, and…

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Brussels bans whale and dolphin captivity

A major boost in our quest to end captivity for whales and dolphins has been confirmed by authorities in the Brussels Capital-Region following their announcement of a ban on keeping marine mammals in tanks for human entertainment. The ban includes seals, sea lions as well as whales and dolphins and means that marine parks containing…

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Russian ban on orca and beluga capture is extended

A ban on the capture of wild orca and beluga whales in the waters around Russia has been extended until at least 2023.  Many of these individuals are sold to China and live a sad existence held captive in small tanks for human entertainment. However, the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, which initially halted the…

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Teenage captive orca dies at facility in Tenerife

Loro Parque in Tenerife has announced that one of the young orcas it holds captive has died. Skyla, a female orca was born at SeaWorld in Orlando (US) in 2004 to mother Kalina and father Tilikum. She was just two years of age when she was taken from her mother and flown to the Canary…

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Captivity ‘done and dusted’ in Australian state

Officials in New South Wales (NSW), Australia have announced that captive dolphins will no longer be commercially bred or imported into the State. The new regulations were introduced by NSW environment minister Matt Kean and followed a public enquiry into captive dolphin shows and facilities, dolphin parks and circuses, and will see dolphin shows disappear.…

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