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Reflections On Our Key Beluga Lawsuit Victory
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments. Read More >


IMATA ACCEPTS TAIJI DOLPHIN LETTER
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Save Japan Dolphins staff member Mark Palmer goes to Nassau, Bahamas to deliver a joint scientific and conservation community letter calling for the IMATA to stop its certified trainers from playing any role in the Taiji dolphin captures. Read More >


Watch The “Free Willy Story” About Keiko’s Amazing Odyssey From Mexico To Iceland
| David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Keiko was the whale featured in the hit movie Free Willy. This film chronicles Keiko's history and his amazing odyssey from a cramped pool in Mexico City, to a new rescue/rehab facility in Newport, Oregon to his return to a sea pen in his native waters in Iceland. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, Keiko

SEAWORLD CLAIMS IT WILL NOT TAKE WILD-CAUGHT BELUGA WHALES

In a surprising reversal, SeaWorld has now announced on their website that they will NOT accept any of the 18 wild-caught beluga whales that the Georgia Aquarium is attempting to import into the US from Russia. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

Susan Casey Presents “Voices in the Ocean” at Earth Island Institute
| Mary Jo Rice, International Marine Mammal Project

Bestselling author Susan Casey, flanked by Earth Island Institute activists Mark Berman, Mark Palmer, and David Phillips, presented her new book "Voices in the Ocean" to an audience at the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, California. It was an inspirational night about the amazing dolphins. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

Fukushima Kids Dolphin Camp is Changing Lives in Japan
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

The youth of Japan bring hope that the protection of dolphins is coming. This amazing Japanese Kids Camp is bringing kids from the Fukushima area where high radioactivity limits their playing outdoors to the beautiful Mikura Island where dolphins are protected and revered. What happens is magical. Read More >


SAVING THE LIVES OF ENDANGERED WHALES
| Paolo Bray, Director, Friend of the Sea

Shipping lines have been ignoring the impact of its ship strikes on whales. Friend of the Sea is urging the World Shipping Council to prevent ship strikes in Sri Lanka and worldwide. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

RUSSIAN ORCA WHALE IMPORTS COULD BE NEXT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

18 wild-caught beluga whales from the Sea of Okhotsk may be imported into the United States to be kept in small concrete tanks. Over the past two years, eleven orcas were caught in the wild in the Sea of Okhotsk. Seven are believed to have been exported to a Chinese aquarium, while three others are now at the Moscow aquarium, the first orcas ever put on display in Russia. Take action with us now. Read More >

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