A new scientific paper has been released by Marion Island Killer Whales researchers: Movement and diving of killer whales at a Southern Ocean archipelago.
Find it here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098115300058
Dr. Ingrid Visser, Founder of and Principal Scientist for the Orca Research Trust, has recently expressed concerns for Chester’s (a wild false killer whale now kept in captivity) welfare. When shown [Paul] Cottrell’s [of Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada] emails, she said, “DFO Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium have lied to the public about their intentions for Chester. Furthermore, it took them ten months to divulge the truth – that Chester would not be released.”
Read more: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/release-never-considered-for-rescued-whale-at-vancouver-aquarium-rehabilitation-centre/
“I think that fish should be in the ocean,” [Ellen DeGeneres] recently told Yahoo! Movies. “It’s what this whole sequel is about: It’s about rehabilitation and putting them back in the ocean…"
Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/ellen-degeneres-reaffirms-finding-dorys-anti-seaworld-message#ixzz3k1zBPGj3
This article looks at the topic of self-mutilation in captive whales and dolphins, including orca. With comment from orca researcher Dr. Ingrid Visser, orca and false killer whale researcher Dr. Robin Baird and British Divers Marine Life Rescue Operations Manager Stephen Marsh -
Dr. Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust is currently working with a Japanese film crew and free-diving Guinness World Record holder Ai Futaki. If you see orca or any whale off the Northland coast, New Zealand, please contact Dr. Visser immediately on 0800 SEE ORCA (0800 733 6722).
Read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11500998
This Northern resident orca was likely hit by a boat, but will most probably heal. Regulations protecting orca and other cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) differ depending on where you are in the world, so please make sure you have done your research before you take to the water to make sure you keep a safe distance away.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/08/25/killer-whale-injured-hit-by-boat-vancouver_n_8039922.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
From the Free Morgan Foundation: Two PETA staffers visited Loro Parque and filmed orcas who had fractured teeth and other injuries, who listlessly floated in tiny tanks, and appeared to have mucus running from their eyes. They filmed Morgan too. Dr. Heather Rally, a wildlife veterinarian with experience with marine mammals, reviewed the footage. Read the article to find out more about what Dr. Rally found.
Read more: http://www.seaworldofhurt.com/features/seaworld-loro-parque-exposed/#ixzz3jnqdzKKa
An interesting article on the Southern resident orca and one of the major conservation threats they face: http://www.thecleanestline.com/2015/08/save-money-save-salmon-save-mike-free-the-snake.html
Information has been released in the Russian media about the orca (and beluga) captures taking place in Russian waters for the captive display industry. The article includes information that there are possibly more adult orcas dying during capture attempts as they try to defend their young, who are targets of the capture operations.
Source: The Orca Project - https://www.facebook.com/TheOrcaProject/posts/900616233308925:0
This is very sad news! Three more orcas have reportedly been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia.
Read more from Far East Russia Orca Project's Erich Hoyt:
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