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A team of researchers recently unveiled a new experiment that uses touchscreens and apps in order to investigate dolphin intelligence. While this might sound like a boon to the realm of animal cognition, it raises some important questions about the ways that research is done and reveals how certain archaic attitudes within the scientific community persist, to the detriment of both science and other-than-human beings.
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If the Vancouver Aquarium is willing to leave marine mammals to die on beaches only because they are no longer allowed to put them on display and taught tricks in Stanley Park, one has to wonder about the real motivations of their leadership.
As Bill S-203 winds its way through the Senate, let's show this cruel industry that using cetaceans for entertainment and profit is an abhorrent practice that Canadians no longer support. If passed, this bill would ban the import, export, display and captive breeding of cetaceans -- protections that these animals desperately need.
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The world's scientists vehemently condemn the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and it's time that we listened to them. Twenty marine mammal biologists from around the world recently signed a collective letter in support of the goals of Bill S-203, which would outlaw the practice of keeping these animals in captivity in Canada.
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"Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people."
At Hawks Cay Resort on the island of Duck Key in Florida, people are not only drawn to this vacation spot for sun and relaxation, they come to interact with marine life as well. The resort property hosts a conservation area called Dolphin Connection.
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Oceans Day wants to "change perspectives" and encourages people to think about "what [the ocean] has to offer all of us" as human beings. This blatantly anthropocentric messaging shouldn't be surprising, given that SeaWorld and other corporate users of the oceans are sponsors of Oceans Day.
To help us accomplish this evolution, we ought to look to those who helped ignite the environmental movement in the first place -- the whales. Their troubled past shows us how we have erred, and their continued friendly overtures towards our kind offers valuable insights into how we might shape the future differently.
Some say that the selfie is the epitome of individual narcissism. The rise in selfie popularity seems to align with the trajectory of Western anthropocentrism, as both climb to a fevered pitch. Gone are the days when people were content to take photos where the landscape or other animals were the central features; now, humans are often centered in these shots, as though the scenes would be meaningless without a human face. The world increasingly exists as a mere backdrop for the comings and goings of Westernized humanity.
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The Franciscana is one of the world’s smallest dolphins.
The whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium just can't seem to catch a break. Even the city's new bylaw that bans breeding and introduces new, independent public oversight of the Stanley Park attraction won't offer much relief for the captive cetaceans. Because, as it turns out, there never was a bylaw after all.
It is an odd Vancouver tradition that each municipal election brings with it a debate over the fate of the whales and dolphins in Stanley Park. Recent history suggests this is because the Vancouver Aquarium is gaming the system.
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Raindrops keep falling on his head, and Chester the false killer whale loves it. A new video of the rare cetacean, who was rescued in critical condition this summer on a Tofino beach, shows how much t...
Whale-watching boats are reporting a boom in rare sightings of Pacific white-sided dolphins off the coast of Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands. The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) says...
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Ninety Four percent of employers agree that collaboration is an imperative skill for 21st century job success for new graduates. Even though social bonding is in our human nature, we often forget this...
Just what is Vancouver Aquarium's relationship to SeaWorld's beluga program? Funny you should ask. It turns out that Vancouver Aquarium owns nine belugas, but only two actually live here. Seven others either live or were born at SeaWorld, a self-described theme park and entertainment corporation.
VANCOUVER - New restrictions adopted by Vancouver's park board mean only threatened species of whales and dolphins will soon be bred at the city's aquarium.The unanimous vote Thursday saw park-board m...
Sea lions swam for their lives as a pod of killer whales chased them on B.C.'s North Coast in a new video uploaded to YouTube. The footage, posted by Travis Twizell, was shot on Wednesday near Prince...
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Everyone in the Vancouver area was thrilled to see or hear about the pods of dolphins and orcas showing up in English Bay and False Creek this past weekend. Probably the only people not happy about it were the folks at the massive Texas-based energy corporation Kinder Morgan.
Volunteers with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue in West Vancouver are used to seeing porpoises and the odd whale or two when they're out training in the water. But they were amazed Thursd...
Microsoft, a company worth more than $19 billion that employs over 10,000 staff globally, has only had three CEOs in its 38-year history. After 14 years of bold, larger than life Steve Ballmer, Micros...
More than 1,000 Pacific white-sided dolphins have been filmed swimming in B.C.'s Haro Strait, less than a week after a similar sighting off the province's Gulf Islands. CBC viewer Joshua La...
Three of Vacay.ca's dedicated explorers packed in as much as they could to enjoy the final days of summer and usher in autumn in Canada. Using the divide-and-conquer strategy, we spread out to cover and capture some unique and wonderful Canadian experiences. Here's a recap of outings made by our team on Saturday, September 21.
UPDATE: It seems that the too-weird-to-be-true story about trained attack dolphins was in fact too crazy to be true. The Atlantic has posted an updated, explaining that the false story started as a ho...
OTTAWA - Canadian soldiers got an up-close look at bomb-detecting dolphins during a military training exercise with the Americans off the coast of British Columbia, a newly released document shows.The...