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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

SeaWorld counters bad publicity with newspaper ads

SeaWorld has been buying up full page advertisements in newspapers across the US in an attempt to counter the growing backlash against its killer whale shows.  Revelations about mistreatment of killer whales, and the threats to trainers were exposed in the hit documentary film Blackfish, which was released earlier in the year.

The film looks in detail at the issues surrounding keeping killer whales in captivity, highlighting the boredom and stress that they suffer, and also documents the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 by one of the captive orcas, Tilikum.

Public feeling towards captive whale and dolphin shows has dramatically altered since the release of the film.  Recently a number of entertainers, including Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, have all cancelled performances at SeaWorld.

One school in California decided not to go on its annual overnight field trip to the park and students spoke out against SeaWorld’s captivity shows.