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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...

Russian authorities give permission for 10 orca captures in 2017

WDC is extremely concerned to hear that the authorities in Russia have given the go-ahead for up to 10 orcas to be captured this year from its Pacific region, just two months after it appeared to have been set at zero.

The issue of orcas being captured for the captivity industry has been a major threat in recent years despite widespread opposition from conservationists and other orca experts in Russia and elsewhere.

There continues to be a high demand for orcas and other whale and dolphin species for the growing number of marine parks in Japan, Russia and especially China.

Studies such as the Far East Russian Orca Project have indicated that there are less than 300 individuals in the whole population in this part of Russia and that greater protection should be provided for the whales.