Humpback Whales to the Rescue!

by Laura Bridgeman

A new study seems to suggest that humpback whales act altruistically, as they put themselves potentially in harm’s way in order to save other individuals from attacking orcas. Perhaps the most striking feature of this behavior is that humpbacks come to the aid of entirely different species. Back in 2009, marine ecologist Robert Pitman, who […]


Don’t let Marine Mammals Suffer in Captivity in Washington!

by Will Anderson

Washington State Close to Preventing Cetacean Captivity  On February 2, 2016, the House of Representatives in the state of Washington passed the House version of a bill, House Bill 2888 (SB 65820),  that focuses on ending cetacean captivity in the state. The proposed bill prevents whales and dolphins from being held in captivity for entertainment, […]


Marine Life Halved in Last 40 Years

by Lisa Couper

Marine Life Halved in Last 40 Years Marine vertebrate populations declined by 49% between 1970 and 2012, according to the 2015 World Wildlife Report. Nearly six thousand populations, and over one thousand species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish were included in this study. In addition to the decline in these species, the report also […]

Dolphin Blog

Tragic Oil Spill in Santa Barbara

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Update: Slick Cover-ups and Dead Dolphins, but Graphics Can’t Show the Full Picture As we reported earlier, more than 10 miles of the Refugio/Santa Barbara, California, coastal community has experienced contact with and damage from over 100,000 gallons of thick, crude oil that poured into the ocean from a ruptured pipeline. The latest figures […]

Orcas begging for food.

Captive Orca Update

by Web Team

SeaWorld’s Excuses for Orca Entertainment Are a Complete Flop Earlier this month, IDA attended a roundtable discussion in San Diego where SeaWorld defended their captive orca programs and attempted to regain public trust. SeaWorld has been under fire ever since Tillikum, an adult male orca, killed a third person and the movie, Blackfish, heavily promoted […]