Captivity

Captive dolphins returned to wild in South Korea

Two indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins have been returned to the wild in off Jeju Island in South Korea, 20 years after being illegally captured.

In April, local authorities led by mayor Park Wan-soon ruled that the dolphins, Geumdeung and Daepo, must be released. Since then, they have undergone a rehabilition programme to prepare them for life in the wild. It is hoped they will join up with a local population of around 100 other dolphins.

A sad legacy: Captive beluga pregnant with her first calf

Georgia Aquarium recently announced the pregnancy of a young beluga whale held at their facility.  Qinu, just shy of 10 years old, was born in 2008 at SeaWorld San Antonio, and is expected to give birth to her first calf in late fall.  The last beluga calf born at the Georgia Aquarium died after less than a month, and

SeaWorld under investigation by US authorities

SeaWorld is being investigated by two federal agencies in the United States, who are looking at disclosures and public statements made by the company and its executives in or before August 2014, including those concerning the impact of the award-winning documentary, Blackfish.

Captive beluga Jun Jun dies

Jun Jun, a 17-year-old female beluga at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China, has died. 

WDC has been working with Ocean World’s owners, Merlin to establish a sanctuary for her and two other belugas she is held with in Shanghai and is deeply saddened by the fact that she will now never have the opportunity to go there.

Vancouver bans whales and dolphins in captivity at aquarium

Whales and dolphins will no longer be able to be held in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium after the city's Park Board agreed on Monday to ban bringing in new cetaceans. The ban includes injured or rescued whales and dolphins. 

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