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Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Vancouver Aquarium will no longer keep whales and dolphins in captivity Mid-January, The Vancouver Aquarium announced the end of its captive cetacean programme, saying public debate was hindering its conservation work. Photo by Ed Bierman What a great news! I fulfilled my dream to see wild orcas on Vancouver Island. While there, we were advised to visit the aquarium. I even glimpsed at its tanks with animals swimming in circle while flying over the city in a harbour plane. I…

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Birthday

Birthday

My website is five years today. I want to take a moment to thank all of you who’ve stayed through my articles so far, and want to let you know there will be a proper English version soon! 5 years 75 articles (soon 76 in one week!) 26 130 clicks Visits Record on October 12th 2015 23 reading countries

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

HUGE STEP AGAINST CAPTIVITY: France has banned captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales. The new legislation also states new rules for the 4 marine parks in France: – Expand the tanks – Prohibit the use of chlorine to treat the water – Periodic control of the temperature and lighting as well as air and water parameters – Ending of all public contact – Respect of resting and recovery time for the animals – … This is but the beginning…

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Spring 2017

Spring 2017

We can safly say that these past three months have had their share of intense news. First of all, on the 4th of January, we had to admit to ourselves that the orca Granny, had past away. The oldest matriarchal female, also known as J2, had not been seen since October 2016. Scientists had to admit the sad truth. She was about 105 years old. Something to argue with procaps: yes, orcas can live as long as we do. No,…

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Farewell Tilikum

Farewell Tilikum

Breaking news: The orca Tilikum died on the 6th of January 2017. Causes of death have not been communicated yet (though we’ve been used to fact of never knowing them!) Tilikum (“friend” in Chinook) was the main protagonist of the award-winning documentary in 2013, Blackfish. The documentary exposed the truth behind the death of the dresser Dawn Brancheau, killed by Tilikum. “Tilly” was captured at only two years old in Iceland in 1983. We can go ahead and say he…

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