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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...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

https://au.whales.org/2022/10/14/nearly-500-whales-die-in-new-zealand/
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New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or...

Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales has ended for this year. The common minke whale is the...

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate...

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial...

End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted...

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling...

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning - this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a...

Icelandic whalers breach international law and kill iconic, protected whale by mistake

Icelandic whalers out hunting fin whales for the first time in three years appear to...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a...

Norway's whaling season begins

April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be...

Scientists question court decision over orca Lolita’s captivity

Marine scientists from around the world are urging a US federal court to reconsider its recent decision on Lolita, a captive orca held for decades at the Miami Seaquarium.

In January, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Seaquarium was not violating the Endangered Species Act by keeping Lolita in captivity in an undersized tank with little social companionship.

Lolita is a member of the Southern Resident orca population, which has been listed as endangered since 2005 and now has just over 70 individuals remaining in the wild.  Initially left out of their Endangered Species Act (ESA) designation because of her confinement in captivity, Lolita was officially added to the listing in 2015, which opened new legal avenues to seek protection for her from the harm caused by captivity.

Lolita (also called Tokitae) was caught in 1970 during the infamous Penn Cove captures, in which more than 80 Southern Resident orcas were trapped in nets and seven were sold to marine parks.  Of the estimated 47 Southern Resident orcas who were taken captive or died during the horrific era of live captures in the 1960s and 70s, Lolita is the only one still alive.

The court is ignoring the ‘physical, psychological and behavioral injuries’ Lolita has suffered in her 45 years of captivity, say researchers.

‘What is surprising is the panel’s conclusion that despite robust evidence to the contrary, these injuries do not ‘pose a threat of serious harm’ to Lolita,’

Marine researchers Joan Gonzalvo, Lori Marino, Sandro Mazzariol, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Alison Rieser and Naomi Rose filed a legal brief together with Aquatic Animal Law Initiative of Lewis & Clark Law School, which was formed last year to provide legal aid for aquatic animals.

At Seaquarium, Lolita is kept in an oblong tank 80 feet long and 20 feet deep. The 20-foot-long orca has lived at the Miami facility since 1970.

The brief argues that the 11th Circuit created a new legal standard for captive endangered species and then failed to analyze whether Lolita’s situation actually met the standard.

WDC is working to establish a sanctuary for beluga whales held in captivity – read more.

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