The Whale Sanctuary Blog Archives
2020

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A Deep Dive into Environmental Analysis

At the sanctuary site: ADCPs? Multibeam Sonar? Benthic Surveys? Water and Sediment Sampling? Hydrophones and Underwater Microphones? What's it all ...

A New Calf for the Southern Resident Orcas

Tahlequah (J-35), a member of the endangered Southern Resident orca population, has given birth to a healthy-looking calf, Two years ...

Another First for Captive Whales and Dolphins

Little Grey and Little White, two beluga whales who had spent eight years on display at an entertainment park in ...

Reintroducing Keiko to the Wild – the “Free Willy” Whale

Two members of Keiko’s team talk about what it was like bringing him to Iceland on a giant cargo plane ...

“Please Don’t Interact with Curious Beluga Whales in the Ocean!”

A few of the beluga whales who had been captured illegally from Russian waters and were returned to the ocean ...

Canadian Senate Pays Tribute to Work of Whale Sanctuary Project

We are deeply honored by the speech by Senator Patricia Bovey in the Senate of Canada paying tribute to the ...

Whale Sanctuary Project selects Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, for sanctuary site

The Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of ...

Photographing Belugas in the Wild

Wildlife photographer Ellen Cuylaerts travels the world documenting animals and the challenges they face. We talked with her about her ...

Short Film about Whale Sanctuary Project Premieres at Film Festival

“Whales Without Walls,” a short film about the Whale Sanctuary Project, premieres at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020.

What Does SeaWorld’s New “Orca Encounter” Teach Us?

On January 1st, 2020, SeaWorld Orlando replaces its “One Ocean” orca show with a new “Orca Encounter” that’s billed as ...

“Whales Without Walls” – a short film

Here’s a short film about the Whale Sanctuary Project, with many thanks to Matt Stamm of Oceanic Preservation Society.

Whale Aid Russia

This is the story of the biggest whale rescue in history – of the Whale Sanctuary Project’s work with the ...

The Whale Jail Is No More!

The last group of beluga whales from the “whale jail” in Russia have been returned to the ocean. The notorious ...

Site Search Report

This is a series of posts about our work in selecting a location for the first seaside sanctuary in North ...

Site Search in Nova Scotia

Third in a series of posts about our search for the best location for a seaside sanctuary for captive whales. ...

Site Search in Washington State

Second in a series of posts about our search for the best location for a seaside sanctuary for captive whales. ...

Site Search in British Columbia

First in a series of posts about our search for the best location for a seaside sanctuary for captive whales. ...

Orca Brains and Intelligence

Dr. Lori Marino explores how a land animal with hooves, who was related to what are today cows and deer ...

Munchkin’s Orca Miracle® 360 Cup

Our lead sponsor, Munchkin, Inc., has just introduced a new Wild Love line of its #1 selling Miracle® 360° cup, ...

Russia Begins Transport of Whales for Return to the Ocean

Russia has begun the process of returning to ocean waters the 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales who were captured ...

Canada Bans Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. ...

Russian Ministry Presses for Summer Release of Captive Whales

Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources & the Environment says plans are now moving ahead to return the captive orcas and ...

The Global Deal for Nature

The Global Deal for Nature is the first undertaking that’s backed by the most up-to-date science to establish science-based conservation ...

From the Sea of Okhotsk

In the summer of 2004, two young beluga whales, Skyla and Orion, were captured, packed into crates and loaded onto ...

Russian Governor Signs Agreement to Free Captive Whales

The Russian government has affirmed that the 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales being held captive at the “whale jail” ...

Whale Jail: From Global Outcry to International Cooperation

What began as a global outcry has evolved into a work of international cooperation. Yesterday, in Moscow, people of many ...

Press Conference in Moscow – Full Video

Two videos from today’s news conference with the Whale Sanctuary Project at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in ...

Whale Aid – Russia: News Release

The Whale Sanctuary Project issued the following news release this morning: WHALE AID – RUSSIA! Russia invites Whale Sanctuary Project ...

Russia Invites Whale Sanctuary Project to Visit Whale Jail

The Russian government has invited the Whale Sanctuary Project to visit the illegal “whale jail” on Russia’s Far East coast, ...

Russia Issues Formal Invitation to Visit “Whale Jail”

The Whale Sanctuary Project has brought together a team of experts, led by oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau, to visit the notorious ...

Expert Team Prepares to Visit Notorious “Whale Jail”

The Whale Sanctuary Project is organizing a team of experts from non-profits and other NGO’s to go to Srednyaya Bay ...

The Whale Jail in Srednyaya Bay

The Whale Sanctuary Project is organizing a team of experts to go to Russia and assess the condition of 10 ...

Jean-Michel Cousteau Pens a Letter to President Putin

The four signatories spearheaded the return of the orca Keiko to his home waters in the 1990s. They offer the ...

34 Marine Mammal Biologists Urge Release of Whales

Donate now to help the whales A group of prominent marine mammal scientists from around the world has written a ...

Global Citizens Urge Release of “Whale Jail” Orcas & Belugas

A group of prominent global citizens signed a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin encouraging the government to release 10 ...

The Case Against Keeping Whales & Dolphins Captive

In their report “The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity,” Naomi Rose and Chris Parsons lay out in plain English ...

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