(ANIMAL WELFARE) TASMANIA — Four whales are fighting for their lives in Tasmania, an island off Australia. Sixteen other sperm whales were recently beached and didn't survive because of conditions that prevented human aid attempts. Read on for what the West Coast Parks and Wildlife Service is attempting to do to save these beached whales. — Global Animal
(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Victory! After a year spent reviewing a petition to delist 82 southern resident orcas, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the whales will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. The organization found the killer whale pods, who spend their summers in Puget Sound, met the legal standard for a distinct population group in response to a petition on behalf of California farmers who faced restrictions to protect salmon farms. Read on to learn more about the decision and see what officials are suggesting for recovery-plan options. — Global Animal
CANADA-Scientists have found ancient species of coral and sponges previously unknown to science of the Newfoundland Coast.
(ENDANGERED SPECIES) Lolita is an orca whale who has been captive at the Miami Seaquarium for over 40 years. She was taken from her pod at just four years old and brought to the facility, which boosts the smallest orca whale housing in the nation. When she is not performing, Lolita is left to swim in her tank by herself day in and out, while Seaquarium owners, Arthur and Andrew Hertz, have profited tens of millions dollars during her four decade enslavement. Read on for more information. — Global Animal
INTERNATIONAL - Thousands of protesters gathered in front of Japanese Consulates around the world, partaking in "International Save The Dolphins Day," trying to stop the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.