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Sea World false advertising case given legal green light

A judge in the US has dismissed SeaWorld’s latest attempt to stop a lawsuit that alleges the captivity show giant falsely advertises information about the care of the orcas that it keeps in tanks at its facilities.

The ruling by District Judge Jeffrey White in Northern California now means that those bringing the case of false advertising can move forward with their legal battle against Sea World.

SeaWorld confirms Tilikum died of pneumonia

Just weeks after his tragic death, SeaWorld have confirmed that the orca, Tilikum, died as a result of bacterial pneumonia.

The discovery was made after a necropsy was carried out on his body after he died on January 6th. Tilikum had originally been diagnosed with an infection back in March 2016 when concerns about his long-term health were raised.

At the time of his death, he had spent around 34 years in captivity.

Begging for food from fishermen may be harming dolphins

Researchers at Savannah State University in the US have concluded that dolphins foraging for fish stuck in or stirred up by the long, submerged nets of local shrimp trawlers are passing on this knowledge and behaviour to other dolphins in their group.

Hello there! Whale’s leap to let others know they are around

Seeing a whale leap (breach) out of the water and come crashing back down again is just one of the amazing rituals that cause us to marvel at these fascinating creatures. But why do whales do it?

According to new research conducted by biologist Ailbhe S. Kavanagh at the University of Queensland, Australia, breaching is a way of saying 'hello'!

World's most endangered porpoise a step nearer extinction

The latest survey to find out how many vaquitas, a type of porpoise only found in the northern part of the Gulf of California, have revealed that there may be as few as just 30 individuals left.

A survey last summer using acoustic techniques to pick up the sounds made by the porpoises discovered just half as many creatures as researchers has estimated to remain just a year earlier.

Eavesdropping on dolphin chat

A new project has been set up that will listen in on whale and dolphin activity in order to protect them and their homes.

Scientists from Northern Ireland's Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) plan to eavesdrop on marine mammals around the Irish and Scottish coasts using a network of sophisticated underwater monitoring devices.

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