It’s coming up five years since the movie Blackfish premiered at Sundance. How has the landscape changed for whales and dolphins in captivity? Jeff Beal, who composed the music for the documentary, has put together this short video including several of the people who appear in the film and were once trainers at SeaWorld. They talk…
Our workshop, “Sanctuaries: The New Seascape for Captive Cetaceans,” was greeted enthusiastically in a packed room, with updates on sanctuary projects by Presentations from the Whale Sanctuary Project, National Aquarium, and Whale & Dolphin Conservation.
Canada moves toward retiring whales and dolphins from captivity. First Nations groups call on senators to vote in favor of Bill S-203, which would not permit any more whales or dolphins to be put on show.
A new study, “Tooth Damage in Captive Orcas”, is the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed, quantitative assessment of how extensive tooth damage is among orcas at entertainment facilities. It documents the effects of living in concrete tanks on their teeth, and consequently on their overall health and wellbeing.
A big welcome to two new members of our Advisory Committee: Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer Sylvia Earle is a tireless advocate for the oceans and all marine life. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National…
Leaders from all animal-related interests and all parts of the world came togeter to discuss issues of ethics and the future of zoos and aquariums.
Charles Vinick, our Executive Director, talks about how attitudes are changing toward keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.
Following the death of Kasatka yesterday, SeaWorld wrote that she was part of “our orca family.” But Kasatka was never part of their family. Rather, she was taken away from her real family off the coast of Iceland in 1978 when she was about a year old – still just a baby.
SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby explains slumping attendance as being due to “public perception issues.” But virtual reality shows are popular.
The Canadian Senate is currently considering an amendment that would make it illegal to keep whales or dolphins in captivity. Six team members of the Whale Sanctuary Project were invited to testify at hearings. You can watch the complete videos below. March 3rd, 2017: Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project President, and Hal…
It’s a tragic irony that Kyara, the last orca to be born at SeaWorld, died yesterday at the age of three months.
Two major news items today: First, the renowned conservationist Dr. Carl Safina has joined the board of the Whale Sanctuary Project. And we’re delighted to let you know that board member Charles Vinick has accepted the position of Executive Director.
Two members of the Whale Sanctuary Project team, Dr. Lori Marino and Charles Vinick, have been exploring coves and bays in this supremely beautiful region of Canada.
Five students from Norton Elementary School in Chicago sent this video postcard to our friend Steven Dunn, CEO of Munchkin, Inc., our major sponsor.
Merlin, a U.K. company that specializes in amusement parks, is looking to create a whale sanctuary off the coast of Iceland and to relocate three belugas there.