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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...

Ontario to ban orca breeding and imports

The government in Ontario, Canada, has introduced legislation that would prohibit the import of any more orcas into the province to be help in captivity. Furthermore, the new law would also ban the breeding of orcas.

The legislation forms part of changes to the ‘Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act’ which would also impose stricter standards of care for all marine mammals in captivity. If passed, the new legislation will be in place by the summer.

At present only one orca, Kiska, is held in captivity in Ontario at Marineland.

Find out more about the history of orcas held in Canadian marine parks.