The Ceta-Base website and social media used by the entity “Ceta-Base” is intended to function as a general database and an informational resource for those interested in captive held cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises). Data is posted without commentary and provided “as is”.
The information on this page has been obtained from numerous sources believed to be reliable and is as up to date as possible. Please keep in mind that the very nature of this data is dynamic – animals are moved, give birth and die. As the data is dynamic Ceta-Base cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site and while the site endeavors to keep the information up to date and correct, it make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about said completeness or accuracy.
The information contained in this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. All information made available from within this website is provided “as is” and should only be considered current as of the day it was posted or the day it was originally released, see date of publication or “last updated” notes on the individual inventories.
Misuse or misrepresentation of the data contained within this site is neither encouraged or endorsed by the staff or host of Ceta-Base, Inc. The staff does not support any individual, group or organization which misuses or misrepresents the data as posted on the site.
Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of or endorsed by Ceta-Base. The administrator of Ceta-Base has no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
The staff and host of this website are not affiliated with any organization or marine park mentioned on this site. The site, its contents, downloads and documents are not intended to replace any official sources.
The Ceta-Base website uses many photos throughout the website and in the captive cetacean inventories. Every effort has been made to contact or find the original photographer and credit them appropriately when using photos on this site. Mistakes or omissions do happen and if you see a photo that is incorrectly credited or that appears without your permission, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Citations for the original photographer or owner of the image is cited below the image used. Additional copyrights and information may be found on some photos by hovering over the picture. This will provide a tool tip/pop up of information on the photograph. Watermarks are also added to images to identify their photographers. See examples below. Please note that the “hover” feature or tooltip may not work on touch devices.
Many thanks to the talented photographers who submit to Ceta-Base regularly. They include Ruka, OrcaArtist, Delfine, OrcaDream, valentin666, Veroniek, lunchi, Robin DV, Jennifer Stuber, LauraKeto, SeaWolf and many more. Your contributions are appreciated!
Guide to Abbreviations
Confused about the abbreviations you see on the Ceta-Base website? Here are some tips to reading the inventories and data found on the site.
Some abbreviations may feature a tooltip like this example
How to Read the Inventory Table
|Image||Thumbnail that links to larger image, if no image is available it will display "No Image Yet"|
|Species (1)||Species of the individual, the common name, example: bottlenose, beluga, etc.|
|Species (2)||Species of the individual, scientific name, example Tursiops truncatus|
|Name||Current name as assigned by the holding facility. If an animal has been re-named all previous names will be indicated either by parentheses or in the “Notes” section. example: Gibbs (Stormy), or Gibbs and in the Notes section “Gibbs was previously named Stormy while living at…”|
- IMAGE: A thumbnail linking to a larger picture of the animal. If no picture of the animal is available a “No Image Yet” placeholder will appear.
- SPECIES (1): Species of the individual, the common name, example: bottlenose, beluga, etc.
- SPECIES (2): Species of the individual, scientific name, example Tursiops truncatus
- NAME: Current name as assigned by the holding facility. If an animal has been re-named all previous names will be indicated either by parentheses or in the “Notes” section. example: Gibbs (Stormy), or Gibbs and in the Notes section “Gibbs was previously named Stormy while living at…”
- AGE: Individuals year of birth with estimated years noted as e.YYYY and known years noted as a.YYYY. For example, a dolphin with an estimated year of birth as 1966 would be e.1966. A captive born dolphin, born in 1992 would be listed as a.1992.
- SEX: Individuals sex will be listed male (M), female (F) or unknown (U)
- ACQUIRED: Date the individual entered into captivity, estimated dates will be indicated by italics
- BY: Method by which the individual entered captivity, methods will be listed as:
- WC: Wild Caught, animals that were captured for the purpose of public display
- CB: Captive Born, animals that were born in human care
- RR: Rescue/Rehab, animals that were rescued or who stranded
- SB: Stillbirth, calves that were delivered as stillbirth
- MC: Miscarriage, pregnancies that ended in miscarriage
- CAPTURE/BORN AT: Location the animal first entered captivity
- TRANSFER HISTORY: Animal’s history in captivity with the name of the facility and arrival date in parentheses, for example, an animal transferred to Marineland on June 1, 1988 would be written as Marineland (June 1, 1988).
- MOTHER: Animal’s mother, if captured, this will be listed as “Wild”
- FATHER: Animal’s father, if captured, this will be listed as “Wild”. Unknown sires will be listed as “-“
Ceta-Base exists to provide factual information to interested individuals, organizations and NGOs, regardless of their affiliation. Our consultation is done in an effort to provide reliable, up to date statistics and provision current data to interested parties or researchers. Testimonials regarding our work can be found below.
Ceta Base provides a professional, current record of captive marine mammals/ facilities and information provided is always reliable. From my perspective, having worked in the area of cetaceans in captivity for over 2 decades, I am only too aware of the difficulties in obtaining details regarding movement of animals, births and deaths within this industry, and applaud Ceta Base for their attention to detail and swift response to enquiries. Thank you for providing an invaluable service – not only for those working in the area of cetaceans in captivity but also for the animals themselves – you help us, help them. Margaux Dodds, Captivity Director, Marine Connection
Ceta-Base is an invaluable resource for scientists, students, and the general public that provides a dynamic on-line inventory of the current status and historical data on cetacean species in captivity around the world. The site also provides an accurate documentation of the current available data on cetaceans killed, captured and transported in the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. I have found this to be an unbiased and extremely reliable database.
– Diana Reiss, PhD., Professor, Department of Psychology, Hunter College
In looking for the most reliable, current, and comprehensive data on cetaceans in captivity, there really is no other resource like Ceta-Base. Anyone who has attempted to track individual whales and dolphins, their status, and the international facilities that hold them understands what an immense challenge it is. Furthermore, the administrator is responsive to individual inquiries and is an invaluable and credible resource for all stakeholders.
– Courtney Vail, Campaigns and Programs Manager, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
Ceta-Base is the #1 resource on captive cetaceans! The site design is clean and easy for anyone to use. The best part, you can use Ceta-Base to stay up-to-date with the latest news, learn more about the cetaceans at your local marine park, and more. I think the coolest thing about Ceta-Base is that it’s ultimately a collaboration. The admin receives information and photos from fans that together contributes to this excellent resource that helps everyone learn more about these amazing animals.
– Leo, Student, Marine Biology, University of California Santa Cruz
Ceta-Base is Australia for Dolphins’ go-to resource for reliable data on drive hunt fisheries and captive cetaceans. The service has saved us hours of research, providing a comprehensive database of hard-to-find primary sources not available anywhere else. The site administrators are friendly and easy to contact, going out of their way to provide trustworthy information. Ceta-Base helps numerous non-profit organisations and individuals around the world, and is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking information on captive cetaceans.
– Sarah Lucas, CEO, Australia for Dolphins
I routinely visit the site when writing articles for www.takepart.com and other outlets. Ceta-Base is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in whales and dolphins in captivity. The depth, breadth and range of information found on this site is unparalleled – nowhere else on the internet has so much data on captive cetaceans kept in one place.
– David Kirby, Author, “Death at SeaWorld, Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity”
Ceta-Base is an essential tool for any writer whose research involves captive cetaceans. The easy format and meticulous sources allow any researcher to narrow — or expand, their topic of focus. Ceta-Base has and will always be, my first stop for anything captive cetacean related.
– Elizabeth Batt, Journalist, Decoded Science & Digital Journal