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Elizabeth Batt

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Op-Ed: US marine parks' bid for Russian belugas affected wild stocks

Last year, NOAA Fisheries denied Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 captured beluga whales from Russia. It seems they were right to do so. According to scientific papers, multiple facility requests have negatively impacted Russia's wild beluga stocks.

Manhunt launched for Tim Desmond, Ocean Adventure CEO

Subic - Philippine authorities are on the hunt for Timothy Desmond, the American CEO of Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium and overseer of Ocean Adventure in the Philippines. Desmond is facing charges of syndicated estafa.

Op-Ed: Ailing Singapore dolphins and dubious SeaWorld connections

Sentosa - Captive dolphins in Singapore made the headlines this week — for all the wrong reasons. Water quality, disease, and a dubious link to a SeaWorld-funded website, raised several eyebrows and great concern.

Op-Ed: 'Lord of the Rings' Producer to fund new film with Kickstarter Special

Los Angeles - What do "Lord of the Rings, True Blood", Vincent Van Gogh and an actress with a passion for dolphins have in common? A project called, "Talk is Cheap" — the first ever feature-length movie on Climate Change.

Surprise! Southern Resident Killer Whales welcome new calf

Friday Harbor - There was welcome news yesterday for the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population after L86, also named 'Surprise' was spotted with a new calf at her side. With two pod members officially declared deceased this year, it was a much-needed boost.

Documentary reveals the true life of Winter the dolphin

Clearwater - She is one of the most famous dolphins in the world. But a new documentary says that Winter, the star of Dolphin Tale 1 and 2, isn't leading the glamorous life.

Op-Ed: Woes continue for suicidal SeaWorld as it eyes foreign markets

With shares of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (SEAS) plunging nearly 34 percent, the decline of SeaWorld in just 19 months is not a surprise. Now the park is eyeing overseas partnerships.

Op-Ed: Orca Network recounts Lolita's story at Superpod Three Special

Friday Harbor - Still reeling from over a decade of captures between 1962 to 1973, the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) populations face significant recovery issues. The carnage wreaked upon them by the "orca cowboys", is embodied by one solitary orca, Lolita.

Dolphins don't belong in the desert says advocacy group Special

Las Vegas - It's been described by advocates as the dolphin death pool. Tucked away inside The Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, are ten bottlenose dolphins. All of them are suffering from the desert heat says the Mojave Dolphin campaign.

Op-Ed: Killer whales dominate Superpod Three on San Juan Island Special

Friday Harbor - Superpod Three concluded last Friday following a fabulous whirlwind five-day orca-fest, hosted by the cast of the documentary, ‘Blackfish’. The real stars of the show however, were undoubtedly, the killer whales themselves.

Blackfish stars and orca experts to descend on San Juan Island

Friday Harbor - Orca enthusiasts from around the globe will unite next week for a week-long orca fest on San Juan Island in Washington State. Now in its third year, the gathering, aptly named "Superpod," will be the best attended event yet.

Former SeaWorld trainer and 'Blackfish' star lands book deal Special

Former killer whale trainer John Hargrove, just announced a major book deal with Macmillan Publishing. 'Beneath the Surface' (working title), will hit the shelves early next year, and will reveal more insider info on SeaWorld's backstage operations.

Op-Ed: AMMPA to focus on international advocacy and cetacean captivity

It's been a tough week for US-based marine parks, both politically and publicly. With sentiment shifting away from keeping cetaceans in captivity, the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums is planning a big push back.

Demo planned on Saturday for Marineland's lonely killer whale Special

Niagara Falls - A solitary orca in her 37th year of captivity will gain a voice this weekend. Cetacean advocacy groups and their supporters, are planning to protest for Kiska, a 42-year-old Icelandic whale captured in 1977 and housed at Marineland in Canada.

SeaWorld put on notice by orca scientist Special

A leading orca scientist is challenging SeaWorld over the erroneous use of a self-authored paper describing dorsal fin collapse in wild killer whales.

Op-Ed: Ingenious cetacean database launches fund drive, one of the most comprehensive resources in the world for captive dolphin and whale research is launching a fund drive. Here's why you should support it.

Lawsuit slapped on Taiji town government on behalf of dolphins

Taiji - Angel, a young female albino dolphin being held at the Taiji Whale Museum in Japan, has sparked the first ever lawsuit for dolphins against the government of Taiji.

Mountain Bluebirds herald spring in Montana

Coram - Robins are often credited with spring's arrival, but in mountainous NW Montana, the glorious indigo color of the Mountain Bluebird paints a resplendent path to the season of rebirth.

SeaWorld San Diego confirms orca pregnancy

San Diego - SeaWorld has confirmed that a young female killer whale is pregnant. Talking to CBS 8 News, SeaWorld said nine-year-old Kalia is due to give birth in December.

Multiple sources confirm SeaWorld's Kalia is pregnant

San Diego - Several sources from within SeaWorld have now confirmed to Digital Journal that nine-year-old killer whale Kalia is pregnant.
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