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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 Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca was born at the facility in 2001.

According to the facility, Nakai died on August 4 of an infection, after "aggressive therapeutic and diagnostic efforts were unsuccessful." Nakai was the first orca to be born as a result of artificial insemination. His father Tilikum was held at SeaWorld Florida at the time while his mother Kasatka was at SeaWorld California.

In 2012, Nakai made headlines after suffering a severe injury on his chin. A park visitor documented the the injury on September 27, 2012. SeaWorld stated that "The injury to Nakai, an 11-year-old whale, is believed to have occurred when he came into contact with a portion of the pool on Sept. 20."

There are now 18 orcas left at the three SeaWorld facilities in the USA. Three of them were captured from the wild. In 2016, SeaWorld announced to end their orca breeding programme after the success of the documentary "Blackfish" featuring the fate of captive orca Tilikum resulted in protests and falling visitor numbers.

Ocean sanctuaries are one alternative for whales and dolphins that are currently kept captive in tanks and, as well as helping to establish the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland with The SEA LIFE Trust , WDC is also working in partnership with other sanctuary projects. It is hoped these initiatives will help to encourage the rehabilitation of more captive whales and dolphins into natural environments around the world.

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