The Japanese government is reportedly plotting to boost efforts to overturn the international ban on commercial whaling by seeking to recruit more allies to vote against it at the next meeting of International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body that regulates whale hunting.
A vet and owner of a facility in the Solomon Islands where 27 dolphins were held, has been charged under the country's Fisheries Management Act according to local reports.
The Act prohibits dolphin exports from the country, which before the legislation was enacted, had been a major source of dolphins for the captivity industry.
Disturbing pictures emerging from China seem to show a whale being chopped up outside a company canteen for either dog food, or as a gift to employees from their boss.
The Brydes whale is reported to have been purchased by Risun Solar Energy’s owner for 4,000 yuan (nearly £500) from fishermen in neighbouring, coastal Zhejiang province, and then transport to the premises in Xinyu City, in Jiangxi Province.
WDC welcomes today’s announcement by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) denying six pending permits applications to conduct seismic testing along the mid-Atlantic and Southeast US coastlines. Just last month, WDC celebrated President Obama’s decision to permanently protection areas in the northeast Atlantic from offshore drilling. However, WDC remained concerned about the pot
This Sunday (8th Jan) will see the end of SeaWorld San Diego’s controversial theatrical orca shows, a move that was announced by the captivity giant (along with an end to orca breeding programmes) last year
SeaWorld today announced the sad news that the orca, Tilikum, whose story was featured in the award-winning 2013 documentary Blackfish, has died at its Orlando marine park.
A cause of death has not been issued but concerns were first raised about the orca's health last year when he was diagnosed as suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection in his lungs.
Humpback whales have been regularly sighted in the waters around the British Isles in recent years, from Cornwall to Northern Scotland, and many of these sightings have been recorded with photographs. But until now, it is thought there has never been any underwater footage taken of these creatures in UK waters.
Now for the first time, two wildlife photographers, Richard Shucksmith and Brydon Thomason, have captured close-up images of whales that recently visited the Shetland Islands, north of mainland Scotland.
Four dolphins have escaped from the DolphinBase facility in Japan after holes in perimeter nets were found to have been slashed.
DolphinBase is located in the town of Taiji, known internationally for the cruel dolphin drive hunts that take place there every year during which large numbers of wild dolphins are herded into a small cove and either slaughtered, or hand-picked for captive facilities like DolphinBase.
2017 has begun with the sad news that Granny (J2), an orca thought to be over 100 years old, has died in the last couple of months.
Scientists in Florida looking at decades of data around interactions between dolphins and people have underlined WDC’s position that swimming with dolphins is not a good idea.
Swimming or interacting with dolphins is increasing in popularity. Unfortunately, most participants in these activities are unaware of the problems surrounding them, and the negative impact on the dolphins involved.