For the first time, researchers in Australia have recorded groups of orcas attacking and killing individual beaked whales. The team from Curtin University in Perth have been studying the whales off South Australia since 2014 and have documented seeing the whale hunting beaked whales on four occasions. Very little is known about most species of beaked whale as they tend to inhabit deep, offshore waters.
In 2016, the responsible whale watching program Whale SENSE Atlantic hit two records: the highest number of participants (16) and the most large whale entanglements documented by participants (13). The most recent entanglement was reported by American Princess Cruises out of New York City on December 4, and involved a critically endangered right whale.
SeaWorld has announced plans to build its first marine park in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, due to open in 2022. The park will be the first SeaWorld attraction to operate without displaying orcas.
A wall of silence continues to surround a trawler moored in a Namibian port which may be involved in a plan to capture endangered whales and dolphins in local waters.
The controversial Chinese trawler, Ryazanovka , is currently refuelling and storing fuel supplies at Walvis Bay’s main port after being named in some reports as the vessel that will be used to capture and transport live and endangered marine mammals to Chinese aquariums.
Hundreds of protesters gathered over the weekend in Nairn to campaign against new plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.
Groups from both sides of the Firth, including WDC, met at Nairn central beach to voice their opposition to Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s request for a licence to begin the transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil at sea.
WDC believes that these oil transfers would pose serious risk to wildlife in the area, and the resident population of bottlenose dolphins in particular.
This weekend (Sunday 11th) marks 47 years that the longest held captive orca Corky, has been kept confined in a tank. Corky was taken from her family in the wild in 1969 when she was only about four years old. She remains one of only a few wild-caught individuals still alive and the only Northern Resident left in captivity.
We have received another boost to our campaign to stop airlines transporting dolphins around the world and fueling the captivity industry.
Air India has joined the growing list of major airlines that have now confirmed to us that they will not carry live dolphins taken from cruel hunts in Japan on their aircraft.
The 2016 Yogscast Christmas Jingle Jam has had an amazing start with over $1 million being raised in just the first five days.
The UK-based YouTube gaming sensations have over 7 million subscribers and during the holiday season they like to give a little back to the world for letting them play video games for a living.
Recent government actions in the Pacific Northwest are moving projects forward that would significantly harm the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community that lives off the western coasts of Canada and the United States.