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Vaquita. Photo Thomas Jefferson

Scientific Committee gives first ever official species extinction warning

Photo: Thomas Jefferson We have welcomed the urgent call by experts to protect the vaquita...
blue whale

Whale fossil from Peru may have been heavier than blue whale

Scientists examining the bones of a 39 million-year-old ancient whale have concluded that it may...
Humpback whale © Christopher Swann

Humpback whales breach in synchronisation

Humpback whales are renowned for their incredible acrobatic displays, but a family in the USA...
Long-finned pilot whale

Unusual activity witnessed before pilot whale stranding

Just days after a pod of long-finned pilot whales stranded on an island in the...

Controversial dolphinarium opens in Phuket

A new dolphinarium has opened in Phuket, Thailand despite widespread opposition from both local campaigners and overseas.

Five dolphins and two seals are on display at the marine park. Despite assurances from the owner that the dolphins were born in captivity and came from the Ukraine, there is concern that they may have originated in Japan, where many dolphins are supplied to the captivity industry by the fishermen from the notorious annual drive hunts in Taiji.

The dolphins are being held together in a single, round tank in the tropical resort. A recent survey in a local paper revealed that 98% of tourists and 95% of Thais were against the opening of the marine park.