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Op-Ed: Protest for Europe’s dolphins attracts hundreds Special

Brussels - Saturday June 28 saw the second 'Close Dolphinaria in Europe' demonstration, which was held at the striking structure of the Atomium in the capital of Belgium, the heart of the EU.

Tenerife gorilla suit story was a tad exaggerated

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - The media reported a funny story on Friday, saying that a veterinarian had shot a man in a gorilla suit with a tranquillizer dart. The story was a little, well, exaggerated. Yes, a vet shot the dart, but no, the guy wasn't wearing a gorilla suit.

Vet mistakes zoo employee for gorilla, tranquillizes him

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - A vet at Loro Parque Zoo and Marine Park in Tenerife, Spain had a bad day recently. The zoo was running a drill on how to handle a gorilla escape. A guy was running around in a gorilla suit and the vet panicked and shot him with a tranquillizer dart.

UK travel industry targeted for selling trips to marine parks Special

A dolphin and whale advocate is taking on one of the world's leading leisure travel groups over selling tickets to UK tourists looking to visit marine parks located abroad.

Incident report into park trainer's death raises concerns Special

Puerto De La Cruz - Two months prior to the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, another SeaWorld-owned orca killed trainer Alexis Martinez. The official incident report filed after the accident, revealed several concerns.

Op-Ed: Orca bloodlines show rampant inbreeding in captive orcas

After Loro Parque in Spain, announced the death of a 10-month old SeaWorld-owned orca named Vicky, questions were raised over SeaWorld's breeding program.

Young orca dies at Loro Parque in Tenerife

Loro Parque, a marine mammal park in Tenerife has just announced the death of 10-month-old killer whale, Vicky. Her death is also a blow for her owner SeaWorld, who is listed in its SEC filings as owning all of the orcas held at the facility.

Dr. Visser says park suing her over report submitted in court Special

Amsterdam - Two days before presenting a comprehensive report on the condition of orca Morgan in an Amsterdam court case, scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser said she received a letter threatening legal action from the park, if the report was not retracted.

Dr Ingrid Visser presents verbal testimony in orca court case Special

Amsterdam - New Zealand scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser, presented a verbal report to an Amsterdam court about the condition of a young female orca named Morgan. Morgan's health she says, has been rapidly declining since she was sent to Loro Parque in Tenerife last year.

Group going to court to support release of orca Special

Amsterdam - On November 1, Morgan a wild-caught Dutch orca, will have her day in court. She will be supported by a global contingent fighting for her right to be released back to the ocean.

Op-Ed: Loro Parque in Tenerife welcomes second baby orca rejected by mom

Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, has announced a new addition to its marine mammal park, a new female baby orca born on August 3. Unfortunately, Kohana, the calf's mother, has rejected her new calf, just as she did her first calf, Adan.
 

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Morgan  as she is rammed and pushed sideways by the female orca  Skyla (right). Note the water being...
Morgan, as she is rammed and pushed sideways by the female orca, Skyla (right). Note the water being displaced behind Morgan’s dorsal fin, as she is forced backwards. (photo; 27 June 2012).
Photo © Dr Ingrid N. Visser
SeaWorld orcas performing at Loro Parque in Spain.
SeaWorld orcas performing at Loro Parque in Spain.
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Belgium s Atomium made an impressive backdrop for the demonstration.
Belgium's Atomium made an impressive backdrop for the demonstration.
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During a training session  Morgan (partially obscured behind rail)  rises out of the water in an att...
During a training session, Morgan (partially obscured behind rail), rises out of the water in an attempt to avoid a bite from one of the two orca in the tank with her (Skyla and Kohana). This photo is one of a sequence of images, showing the open mouth and teeth progressed along Morgan’s body as she rose up and then slid down, to try to avoid the conflict.
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Morgan is lying with her right side exposed above the water. This photograph was taken at 16:33:45 h...
Morgan is lying with her right side exposed above the water. This photograph was taken at 16:33:45 hrs on 29 June 2012 (i.e., 05 hrs, 39 mins, 37 sec, after the attack).
Photo © Dr Ingrid N. Visser
Protestors stood in formation for over an hour in silent remembrance of Europe s captive dolphins  p...
Protestors stood in formation for over an hour in silent remembrance of Europe's captive dolphins, past and present.
Morgan (obscured underwater in foreground) as she is chased and pinned against the tank wall by the ...
Morgan (obscured underwater in foreground) as she is chased and pinned against the tank wall by the female orca, Kohana. Note trail of water off the dorsal fin of Kohana and the white water behind Morgan (alongside Kohana, in foreground), illustrating that this event occurred at speed. Also note the white water created near Morgan’s head (obscured, right foreground) as she releases a large cloud of bubbles.
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Loro Parque s owner Wolfgang Kiessling (right) with Brad Andrews  Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWo...
Loro Parque's owner Wolfgang Kiessling (right) with Brad Andrews, Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. (left).
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Image taken from the top of the Atomium; the formation of the word “FREE” symbolising the power ...
Image taken from the top of the Atomium; the formation of the word “FREE” symbolising the power of individuals working together as a team.
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Protestors from all over Europe gather to deliver the message   Close Europe s Dolphinaria .
Protestors from all over Europe gather to deliver the message, 'Close Europe's Dolphinaria'.

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