Latest Dolphins News

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Apr. 22, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity. They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains...

Climate change and pollution delay move of captive dolphins

Apr. 19, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — An aquarium in Maryland has been looking to build a refuge in the tropics for its captive dolphins. But it's having trouble finding the right location because of pollution and warming waters from climate change. The Baltimore Sun reports that the seven bottlenose dolphins live at the...

Feds agree to expand habitat protections for Northwest orcas

Apr. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government says that by October it will propose expanded habitat protections off Washington, Oregon and California for Pacific Northwest orcas. The announcement comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which sued in 2018 to make...

Ex-SeaWorld executive pleads guilty to insider trading

Apr. 9, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

A former SeaWorld executive who purchased $385,000 in company shares after learning that the theme park business was expecting improved revenue and attendance pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a single count of insider trading. Paul Powers, 60, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Orlando, Florida. He faces a...

Turkey denies Aegean dolphin deaths linked to navy drill

Apr. 9, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military has sought to defend itself against accusations from a Greek marine conservation group that its naval exercises have been behind a recent spike in the number of dolphin deaths. The military posted on Twitter on Tuesday a video and photographs of dolphins happily...

Aegean Sea sees "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths

Apr. 8, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Aegean Sea has seen a "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths over the past few weeks, a Greek marine conservation group said Monday. The Archipelagos Institute said while it's still unclear what caused the deaths, the spike followed Turkey's largest-ever navy drills in the region...

Whale rescued from stranding 8 years ago dies at SeaWorld

Apr. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A pilot whale that was rescued and found a home at a SeaWorld park after being part of a mass stranding in the Florida Keys eight years ago has died. Officials at SeaWorld Orlando posted on its blog that the whale known as Fredi died Saturday. A spokeswoman said in an email Sunday that...

Russia plans to free almost 100 captured whales

Apr. 5, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have invited a French ocean explorer to offer advice on how to safely release nearly 100 illegally captured whales, voicing hope that the animals could be let into the wild during summer. Jean-Michel Cousteau of the Ocean Futures Society arrived Friday in Russia's Far East...

Groups sue to restrict salmon fishing, help Northwest orcas

Apr. 3, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials say they may restrict salmon fishing off the West Coast to help the Pacific Northwest's critically endangered killer whales, but two environmental groups are suing anyway to ensure it happens. The Center for Biological Diversity, which filed a lawsuit nearly two decades ago...

Action demanded after 1,100 dead dolphins wash up in France

Mar. 28, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The dolphins' bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off. But what shocked French marine researchers wasn't just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but the numbers involved — a record 1,100 have landed on France's Atlantic coast beaches since January....