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Beluga sanctuary update

As you may know, WDC is working with Merlin Entertainments to create the world’s first wild beluga whale sea sanctuary and secure a better future for the three beluga whales living at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai.

Well, we have some further progress to report regarding the project, and our ultimate goal to relocate these belugas from the aquarium in Shanghai to a more natural life in a sanctuary.

WDC sends message of support to NZ whale watch community following earthquake

WDC sends a message of support to Kaikoura’s whale watch community, wider community and tourists, following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck the region early Monday morning, local time. The large earthquake has been followed by over 150 aftershocks in the last 24 hours, including one particularly hefty aftershock with a magnitude of 6.2. The coastal town of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, has been the most badly damaged and has been almost completely isolated. A state of emergency has been declared, as huge landslides have closed roads and brought down phone lines.

SeaWorld profits slump again

Barely two months after announcing it was suspending its dividend payout, SeaWorld has revealed a huge drop in profits in its third quarter results with income falling to 66m dollars. Chief executive, Joe Manby, also announced a further $65m cost cutting excercise as the company attempts to turn around its financial fortunes.

Whales use underwater mountains as meeting points

Research into the migration patterns of whales suggests that they may use underwater mountains as a means of navigating as they travel thousands of miles across the oceans.

Data gathered by French researchers, who tracked humpback whales as they moved through the Pacific Ocean, suggests that the whales also use these mountains as meeting points where they gather to feed and socialise.

Dolphins released after illegal capture in Solomon Islands

Around 30 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that had been illegally captured in the Solomon Islands have been released back to the wild after an investigation by government fisheries officials.

For many years, the Solomons were a source of dolphins for the captivity industry and it is possible these dolphins might have been facing a similar fate. The dolphins were captured in the Western Provinces and then moved to seapens on Bungana Island.

Welsh government places dolphins at risk

The Welsh government’s announcement that they intend to go ahead with opening up further protected areas of Cardigan Bay to scallop dredging – a highly destructive method of fishing – has been met with disbelief and disappointment by WDC.

Success! Largest marine protected area created following landmark meeting

Members gathered for the latest meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) have agreed to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.

This momentous decision will mean the creation of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, protecting whales, dolphins and many other creatures that make this area their home.

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