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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...

Orca dies at SeaWorld San Antonio

WDC is saddened to hear the news that Unna, a female orca held at SeaWorld’s park in San Antonio, Texas, has died. She was just 18 years old.

For the past few months Unna had been fighting a chronic fungal infection but failed to respond to treatment. She died on December 21st and SeaWorld announced that all orca shows would be cancelled at the park for the remainder of the day.

Unna is the third whale to die at the Texas park in the past 6 months. In November, a two year old beluga died of intestinal problems and in July a beluga died after being born prematurely.

Even though Unna was born in captivity she was 100% Icelandic. Her mother is Katina who was captured in Icelandic waters in 1978. Her father, Tilikum, who featured in the 2013 ground-breaking documentary, Blackfish, was captured from the same area in 1983.

There are now 56 orcas held captive in the world today – 23 of these are at SeaWorld’s three American parks.