Rusian Orcas Face Capture

WDCS has been very concerned to learn that the Russian government has issued permits for the capture of 10 orcas off East Russia. We need your help to stop this from happening.

In recent years, Japanese aquariums, particularly the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium (PNPA) in Nagoya, have taken an interest in displaying orcas in captivity. The PNPA opened as planned in November 2001, as Japan’s largest captive cetacean facility. We are pleased to announce that there were no orcas on display at the aquarium at the opening and have since learned that more than 9,000 protest letters and faxes against the capture and display of orcas at PNPA have been received. Many thanks to all our supporters who wrote letters about this! Nevertheless, PNPA has announced that it will continue to try to obtain orcas from Russian waters for display.

With your help, we may be able to persuade the Nagoya Aquarium to give up its idea of displaying orcas altogether, and, thus, protect Russian orcas from at least one threat.


Please write to the Nagoya Aquarium, sending a copy of your letter to the Mayor of Nagoya City, and ask them to reconsider their plans to display orcas at their facility.

Director of Nagoya Port Aquarium
Itaru Uchida
1-3 Minatomachi Minato-ku,
Nagoya city
Aichi prefecture
455-0033 Japan
Fax: + 81 52 654 7001

Mayor of Nagoya City
Takehisa Matsubara
460-0001, 3-1-1 Sannomaru,
Nagoya City
Aichi Prefecture
Fax: + 81 52 972 4105

Please send any received correspondence to Cathy Williamson at WDCS, Brookfield House, 38 St Paul’s Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire. SN15 1LY. UNITED KINGDOM

Thank you for taking the time to help save Russia’s orcas.”

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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