The Whale Sanctuary Blog Archives
2022

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Orca Kohana Dies at Loro Parque Zoo

Loro Parque Zoo announced the death of the orca Kohana at the young age of 20. We should be shocked. ...

Five Fundamental Rights of Whales & Dolphins

Tom White, author of "In Defense of Dolphins" talks about how flourishing is the key to understanding the argument for ...

The Death of Nakai and the Future of Captive Whales

The young orca Nakai, who was born at SeaWorld San Diego and lived in a tank there all of his ...

Summer Newsletter 2022 – Creating the Whale Sanctuary

Here is a copy of our Summer Newsletter: "Creating the Whale Sanctuary." Read about progress at the sanctuary site and ...

A Whale of an Art Show!

Students at a Texas elementary school raise funds and awareness to help orcas and belugas It all began five years ...

Wendy McCaw: a Lifeline for Animals

The Wendy P. McCaw Foundation has been the major supporter of the Whale Sanctuary Project since 2017. Wendy's work protects ...

Lolita/Tokitae to be Examined by Independent Vets

Miami, Florida, March 23rd, 2022: At a press conference this afternoon, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Danielle Levine Cava, announced ...

How to Be a Successful Whale or Dolphin

How whales teach their young, learn from their families and friends, and pass along their culture to new generations.

Come Inside the Operations Center!

Today, Giving Tuesday 2021, we’d like to share a short video tour from Charles Vinick, our Executive Director, of the ...

Opening Day at Whale Sanctuary Operations Centre

It's another milestone toward the creation of the Whale Sanctuary in Nova Scotia. People from near and far gathered for ...

Shocking Government Report on Miami Seaquarium

New and deeply disturbing facts in a government report about life for the orca Lolita and other marine mammals at ...

Sanctuaries and the Study of Cetacean Communication

How an authentic coastal sanctuary will be able to supplement the work that’s being done in the open ocean by ...

Crisis at Marineland Canada

Last week, Kiska the orca at Marineland Canada became news all over the world when video was posted of her ...

Ula Was Never Part of Their “Family”

On Monday of this week, Loro Parque Zoo in the Canary Islands announced that the young orca Ula had died. ...

The Rescue of Toa

Toa, as the six-month-old orca would later be named, was living the life of any young whale’s dreams, leaping in ...

Orca Skyla Dies at Loro Parque Zoo

Following the death of the orca Skyla, Loro Parque Zoo offered a very brief statement on the necropsy. Here are ...

“What I Wish I Could Ask a Whale”

Senator Daniel Christmas of Nova Scotia, Canada, joins Dr. Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, for this conversation ...

Introducing the Keiko Legacy Fund

Several of us on the Whale Sanctuary team today worked together 20 years ago to return to the ocean the ...

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

This short film about why whales should be retired to sanctuaries has won multiple awards at film festivals.

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 ...

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