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Breaking News:  Russian Government Commits to Releasing Captive Orcas and Beluga Whales
| By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources Announced They Will Soon Release 11 Captive Orcas and 87 Beluga Whales Kept in the "Whale Prison", but Questions Still Remain Read More >


Keiko Experts Offer Help to Free Russian Orcas and Beluga Whales
| By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Several leaders of the successful effort to rehabilitate and release Keiko, including Jean-Michele Cousteau and Dr. Roger Payne, have offered to help President Putin of Russia in freeing 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales captured last summer and now being held illegally in sea pens. Read More >


First Photos and Inspection of Russia’s “Whale Prison” Raises Alarm
| By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Russian Conservationists and Experts Inspect Conditions in Russia's "Whale Prison", Raising Concerns About the Health and Well Being of 87 Beluga Whales and 11 Orcas Read More >


Our 2018 Accomplishments for Whales and Dolphins
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year. Read More >


Trump Administration Sued Over SeaWorld Necropsy Reports for Captive Orcas

Experts and Animal-Protection Groups Demands Transparency, Public Accountability, Compliance With Permit Requirements Read More >

Topics: Lawsuit, Orcas, SeaWorld

Save the Whales This Giving Tuesday
| Mark J. Palmer

We are one of the most effective nonprofit organizations working to protect whales, dolphins and their ocean homes. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, Whales

Twenty-Five Scientists Urge Russian Government to End Permits for Live Orca Captures
| Mark J. Palmer

25 scientists and experts urge Russia to cease issuing capture and export permits for live orcas. Read More >


Bud Bottoms, Sculptor and Environmental Activist
| Mark J. Palmer and Mary Jo Rice

Bud Bottoms will be sorely missed by his friends, admirers, our environmental community, and those who appreciated his art across the globe. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, Whales

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Campaign Top News

International Marine Mammal Project >
  • Sharks Are Being Devastated All Over the World, Sought for Their Fins (and Usually ONLY Their Fins) for Shark Fin Soup. Our Colleagues at Friend of the Sea Has Made a Dent, Encouraging Two Business Chains to Stop Serving Shark Fin Soup.
    - By Friend of the Sea
  • As carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, the oceans become more and more acidic, with devastating impacts on krill, corals, diatoms and other species at the base of the oceanic food chain, upon which dolphins and whales depend.
    - By Audrey Evangeline Lee
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has Listed the Dolphin Killing Tuna Industry of Mexico as "Sustainable" But a UK Audit Questions Their Standards
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Save Japan Dolphins >
  • As documented in "The Cove", dolphins continue to be horribly slaughtered while the dolphin hunters get top dollar for live trained dolphins, ripped from their families.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Taiji is not the only place that dolphin hunts occur in Japan. In northern Japan ports, Dall's porpoises are harpooned for their meat.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin + Whale Project >
  • As carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, the oceans become more and more acidic, with devastating impacts on krill, corals, diatoms and other species at the base of the oceanic food chain, upon which dolphins and whales depend.
    - By Audrey Evangeline Lee
  • Japan announces they will no longer kill whales in the Antarctic Ocean, a cause for celebration, but also they will drop out of the IWC and start commercial whaling within its 200 mile zone, bad news for those whales and dolphins.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Keiko Whale Rescue >
Freeing Whales & Dolphins from Captivity >
  • 34 Marine Mammal Experts Are Asking President Putin to Return the 10 Orcas and 80+ Beluga Whales, Now Kept in Inadequate Facility, To Their Ocean Homes. The Russian Government Has Still Not Decided How to Proceed.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Prominent Citizens from Around the World, Including Russians, Have Signed a Letter Urging President Putin to Restore the Whales, Currently Held in the Notorious Russian "Whale Jail", to Their Ocean Families. Scientists, Actors, Supermodels and Business Leaders Have Signed!
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Dolphinaris in Arizona has Finally been Shut Down, but the Remaining 4 Dolphins (Four Others Died in Dolphinaris) have been Moved to a Poorly Situated sea pen Enclosure on the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas. Water Circulation is Poor, and It is No Sanctuary. You Can Help!
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin Safe Fishing >
  • Sharks Are Being Devastated All Over the World, Sought for Their Fins (and Usually ONLY Their Fins) for Shark Fin Soup. Our Colleagues at Friend of the Sea Has Made a Dent, Encouraging Two Business Chains to Stop Serving Shark Fin Soup.
    - By Friend of the Sea
  • Increasingly, Plastics are Showing Up All Around the Marine Environment, in Places Far From Shores. Whales and Dolphins are in Peril Due to the Increase in Plastics in the Ocean.
    - By Erin Murphy
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has Listed the Dolphin Killing Tuna Industry of Mexico as "Sustainable" But a UK Audit Questions Their Standards
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project