Key Points & General Information

Releasing Captive Dolphins and Whales Back to the Wild

Marine Animal Husbandry, & Welfare

Marine Mammal Welfare Regulations

This web site was created for two main reasons:
(a) as an information resource centre regarding the husbandry and welfare of marine animals particularly those maintained in zoological collections, aquaria, dolphinaria and rescue and rehabilitation centres;

(b) to provide an informed alternative to negative and misleading information regarding marine animals (particularly aquatic mammals) in captive care that can sometimes be propagated by a number of "animal advocate" organisations and NGOs.

NB: The author of this sites would like to make it clear that whilst striving to promote what may be considered "best practice" in the care and husbandry of marine animals in captive care this should not be construed as giving unconditional support for any or all facilities that display marine animals internationally.

Blog listings in descending date of publication.

NB. Some blogs have been updated since original publication and this is noted at the top of the page.


No, the killer whale did not say "set me free"

Did Vancouver Aquarium capitulate to the animal rights industry?


Morgan the killer whale has become pregnant - would her calf be a hybrid? 

A killer whale of a tale: when peer review sometimes fail.


Morgan just wants to have fun!

The Humane Society of the United States: Betrayal of the Zoological Community?


Captain Paul Watson's Moral Compass Loses Its Way

Killer Whales, SeaWorld and Media Credibility

Killer whales, Politics and Animal-Rights.

Cousteau's dolphin captures and experiments

Morgan - The Rescued Female Killer Whale

John Michel Cousteau Wants To Save SeaWorld. Really?

Dolphinaria-Free Europe Coalition: It's a No From Me

Jane Goodall: GMO & Echolocating Dolphins

Welfare of sea lions in travelling circuses

PETA & Chips or Should Aquariums Serve Their Exhibits Cousins As Food?


National Aquarium in Baltimore: Who's Pulling The Flippers? 

Not Dying To Entertain...

What's Wrong With Blackfish?

Not So Scientific American

Animal-Rights Group Attack Richard Branson's Virgin Travel

Sea Pens: Not the Panacea They Are Perceived.


Zoological Collections and Animal-Rights.  They do not make good bedfellows.

Blackfish: Please Release Me Let Me Go

Blackfish and the Black Arts of Propaganda

Cove Cultists?

Blackfish and the Selective Skeptic

Lies, Damned Lies and Propaganda

Morgan: No Damsel In Distress

Tragic death of whale exploited by animal-rights activists.


Morgan Is Not The Only One Having Problems Hearing!

A View To A Kill

PETA Picking On Penguins

WDCS: Raking out the truth?

Dolphinaria dilemma - Hard fact or hype?

Drive Hunts and Animals Acquired for Dolphinaria.

Dying to entertain? Do dolphins die young in captivity?

Morgan - A suitable candidate for rehabilitation and release?

Do dolphin commit suicide in captivity?

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No the killer whale did not say "set me free"

Being a public broadcaster it would be hoped that the BBC would use a little bit more rigour when reporting issues particularly those that involve science. A case in point is an article in the Newsbeat strand written by reporter Talia Shadwell regarding research done on the mimicking behaviour of killer whales at an aquarium in France entitled: "Killer whale could be saying 'set me free'. 

The article is very disappointing due to the obvious lack of research and which appear to be based on views from the animal rights groups The Born Free Foundation and Whale and Dolphin Conversation - both known for their objection to animals maintained in captive care.  Further, there appears to be absolutely no effort to contact Marineland in France whose animals and facilities were used in the research cited or indeed any other zoos or aquarium that display whales or dolphins.