John Hargrove, former SeaWorld trainer and author of "Beneath the Surface", is interviewed about SeaWorld's falling visitor attendance and stock. Amongst other questions, John provides insight as to why he remained working as an orca trainer at the entertainment park for so long, despite concerns for the orcas' welfare: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-02-26/seaworld-orca-s-in-captivity
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Russian orca researcher Olga Filatova has won a prestigious marine conservation award:
Sam Berg, former SeaWorld trainer, was invited to a "Blackfish" Q&A session over Skype with a primary school in Bradford, UK.
Watch the Q&A here:
The newly formed Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition will be officially launching in EU Parliament next week. As part of the launch, there will be a "Blackfish" screening for MEPs.
Find out more:
"Beneath the Surface", a book by former SeaWorld orca trainer John Hargrove is out soon.
Find out more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-killer-whales-belong-in-the-ocean-not-seaworld-180954333/?no-ist
The Orca Network's Howard Garrett looks at the relationship between the Southern resident orca population & their preferred prey, the Chinook salmon.
Read here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/opinion/article22278003.html
Great news: another new Southern resident orca calf - this time in L pod:
"...the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, announced it would consider expanding the critical habitat of the southern resident killer whales, the only community of orcas protected by the Endangered Species Act. But it won’t decide whether to recommend the expansion until 2017, citing the need for further studies of the whales’ range."
Read more: http://www.montereyherald.com/science/20150223/expanded-protected-area-for-orcas-to-be-studied
The Far East Russia Orca Project (Russian Orcas) talk about their research aims in studying orca feeding behaviour and food preferences: https://www.facebook.com/russianorca/posts/1064393623586821