Read about a new proposal to ban holding orcas in captivity. The bill would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.”
Yes, Blackfish continues to ripple the waters of SeaWorld.
Ancient yet playful, endangered but resurgent, the North Atlantic right whale is a living reminder of how little we know. Philip Hoare is the author of Leviathan or, The Whale (2008) which won the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. This is a wonderful educational read, don’t miss it.
Musicians perform for Canada’s beluga whales. A troupe of 10 — including a contortionist and an opera singer — plans to put a series of summertime shows for thousands of beluga whales near the mouth of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba. Get all the details and watch some previous musical experiment by some of the performing musicians.
Sad news about the world’s only freshwater porpoise. The latest survey shows a startling decline to near extinction. It is the only one cetacean species to be found in the Yangtze river, which has turned into a busy channel with heavy boat traffic.
It’s been 15 years since the documentary was first released in November 1997, but it is still considered one of the most telling exposures of the captive marine mammal industry. It is a must-see video for everybody. Captivity is not an option!
The US navy is set to replace its team of mine-tracking dolphins with under-water robots, but reassignment rather than redundancy awaits the military pod. Naval programme of training sea mammals to tag mines, begun in the 1950s, will be phased out in favour of machines.
The world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin ‘will die out’ unless radical changes are made to fishing, say scientists. There are less than 22 breeding females left. If nothing changes the species will be wiped out by humans.
Hi-tech silent drones could be used to fish out the whereabouts of the elusive and endangered Maui’s dolphins. The quest to save Maui’s dolphins has been at the centre of a controversial law change that will see an existing set-net ban extended along the entire Taranaki coastline, affecting the commercial fishing industry, which catches most of its fish within the 3.7km ban zone. Another article suggests that the outcome will show that no dolphins are endangered and the ban will be lifted again in no time.