Nov 142017
 
Marineland Sues Ontario SPCA for Trying to ‘Destroy’ Theme Park

For many years, advocates have voiced their concerns about the welfare of the captive animals at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In November 2016, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) filed five animal cruelty charges against Marineland in regard to the theme park’s failure to provide prescribed standards of care […]

Jun 052017
 
That Scary Sea Lion Video Shows Why We Should Treat Wildlife With Respect

You’ve probably seen that viral video of a young girl being grabbed by a sea lion and pulled into the water at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf near Vancouver, Canada. The grandfather of the six-year-old can be seen jumping in after her and saving her. The girl was taken to a hospital and treated for a superficial […]

Jul 212016
 
US Navy banned from using sonar that harms dolphins and walruses

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the US Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar in the nation’s oceans that could harm whales and other marine life. The ninth circuit court of appeals reversed a lower court decision upholding approval granted in 2012 for the Navy to use low-frequency sonar for training, testing […]

Apr 112016
 
POLL: Should orcas and dolphins be kept in captivity?

Environmental campaigners have said they are taking legal action against a French marine park over the treatment of its orca whales and other animals after a number were killed during a storm. Marineland in Antibes reopened a week ago after suffering severe damage in deadly storms that struck the Côte d’Azur in southern France in […]

Dec 242015
 
Toxic Algae Causing Brain Damage, Memory Loss in Sea Lions

A toxin produced by marine algae can impair sea lions’ memory, scientists reported Monday, making it difficult for sick sea lions to find their way to food. Large growths, or blooms, of the algae off the coast of California may have contributed to the unprecedented number of starving sea lions that have washed up on […]

Apr 052015
 
Mysterious Sea Lion Die-Off Strikes Again on California Coast

For the third winter in a row, starving sea lion pups are washing ashore on California’s beaches. Since January 1, nearly 500 of the tiny animals have been admitted to the state’s rehabilitation centers—a number many times higher than normal. Why these animals are struggling to survive is a mystery, and early stranding numbers suggest […]

Nov 252014
 
Poll: Should U.S. Government Kill Thousands of Birds to Save Salmon?

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she’ll be able to count […]

Oct 232014
 
Could sleeper sharks be preying on protected Steller sea lions?

Pacific sleeper sharks, a large, slow-moving species thought of as primarily a scavenger or predator of fish, may be preying on something a bit larger – protected Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska. A new study found the first indirect evidence that this cold-blooded shark that can grow to a length of more […]

Jan 042014
 
Oceana Fires Back at Flawed Federal Decision not to list Great Whites as Endangered

In the ongoing fight to protect the distinct population of great white sharks off the coast of California and Mexico, Oceana submitted a critical analysis of the federal Biological Review Team’s (BRT) status report used by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as the basis for their decision not to list this West Coast population […]

Oct 292013
 
Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface – review

“For thousands of years it was feared as a single-minded, ruthless hunter,” says the narrator of Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface – Natural World (BBC2). Well, it’s hardly surprising. Look at this one. Here’s this poor sea lion, lolling (old meaning) about at the surface of the sea, happily unaware that it’s got half a […]

Jul 272013
 
Court Upholds Protections for Steller Sea Lions

We’re pleased to share with you that yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld necessary protections for the endangered Western Population of Steller sea lions, recognizing that this threatened population still needs protection from industrial fishing. The protections, originally established in 2010 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), were designed to reduce competition […]

Jul 212013
 
Galapagos sea lions threatened by human exposure

A recent study conducted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on endangered Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) has revealed that the animals are more susceptible to starvation as a result of their exposure to humans. Over a span of more than 18 months, conservationists tagged and monitored the behavior and physiology of two groups […]

Jul 182013
 
Future of Great Whites in the Hands of California Leaders

We are alarmed by the recent decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) not to provide needed protections for U.S. West Coast great white sharks under the federal Endangered Species Act. NMFS declined protections despite current science estimates of only a few hundred sub-adult and adult white sharks at their primary aggregation sites. The […]