Would you believe that more than 550 dolphins are held captive in 68 facilities across Mexico and the Caribbean? These dolphins are imprisoned primarily to amuse cruise ship passengers on ‘shore excursions’. Every day, hundreds of tourists disembark the cruise ships and pour into dolphin theme parks to hug, kiss and swim with the captive dolphins.
Reports from Russia have emerged detailing a decision by fisheries authorises that orcas will once again be targeted for capture for sale to aquariums.
A quota to capture up to 13 orcas from the Okhotsk Sea this summer has just been made public and comes despite strong objection from scientists and others within Russia.
At least 20 orcas have been captured from the Okhotsk Sea since 2012 even though uncertainty around population numbers remains, and a recommendation by Russian scientists that no orcas should be taken from this wild population.
The Lummi Totem Pole journey for Tokitae reached its final stop at the Miami Seaquarium last month, but tribal members and fellow protesters, including Orca Network, were not allowed to enter the marine park. The Lummi Nation of Washington State traveled more than 3,000 miles cross-country from Seattle to Miami to raise awareness for To
Dolphinaris Arizona has reported the death of a young, 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin held at its facility – the second dolphin to die in less than a year at the controversial marine park.
A new law has come into force in Mexico City that bans dolphinariums. It means that the dolphinarium based in the city, Dolphin Discovery Mundo Marino Six Flags, must now move the dolphins it holds or potentially face large fines.
The destination of any relocated dolphins must be approved by the authorities. Sadly, there are still many other locations in Mexico that hold dolphins in captivity, many offering swim-with opportunities to tourists.
New figures have revealed the number of visitors to SeaWorld San Diego plunged 14 percent in 2017, as more than a half million fewer people visited the marine park.
Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s progressive CEO, has stepped down after another poor financial performance by the company. The company lost around $200 million in 2017 and saw visitor number drop again.
Under Manby’s leadership, SeaWorld announced the end of the circus-style orca shows and captive orca breeding. WDC has welcomed SeaWorld’s change of direction and pushed for a further commitment to retire its captive whales and dolphins to coastal sanctuaries.
WDC's ongoing campaign to persuade airlines who are members of the Star Alliance group not to transport dolphins around the world has seen more success with the confirmation from Swiss International Air Lines that their freight subsiduary, Swiss WorldCargo, is not involved in the practice. In a message confirming its position to WDC, the airline stated that it "...condemns the unethical treatment of any animals, including dolphins."
Marine scientists from around the world are urging a US federal court to reconsider its recent decision on Lolita, a captive orca held for decades at the Miami Seaquarium.
In January, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Seaquarium was not violating the Endangered Species Act by keeping Lolita in captivity in an undersized tank with little social companionship.