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Orca & Whales

7/31/2020

article Endangered orcas at risk from U.S. Navy, activists warn
(Washington) -- In the Pacific Northwest, an endangered community of killer whales has been on the decline for years due to a variety of factors, all related to human...

5/31/2020

article Will Orcas Thrive in the Coronavirus Pandemic's Quieter Waters? Scientists Aim to Find Out
(Washington) -- The coronavirus pandemic has upended and refocused orca field research in Northwest waters this season. Some scientists are beached. Others are...

1/19/2020

article Right Whale Documentary Brings Crisis and Hope Into Focus
(Massachusetts) -- In December of 2018, the first North Atlantic right whale calves in nearly two years were spotted off the coast of Florida and Georgia, frolicking...

1/5/2020

article Counting whales from space pitched as key to saving them
(Maine) -- An aquarium and an engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on a project to better protect whales by monitoring them from space. New England Aquarium...

12/21/2019

article Endangered Puget Sound orca recovery depends on efforts to save salmon and the habitat
(Washington) -- Orca are the spiritual relative of native tribes and icon of the Northwest. They are also key to a tourism industry that was worth at least $65-$70...

11/12/2019

article Task force: Restructure economy to save orcas
(Washington) -- Climate change imperils orcas in Puget Sound and to save them Washington should restructure its economy and eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, according...

11/10/2019

article Maine lobstermen reject right whale protection plan
(Maine) -- The Maine Lobstermen’s Association has voted to not support the Maine Department of Marine Resources right whale conservation plan. In a statement...

11/1/2019

article ‘Orcas are not for entertainment:’ Activist plans to disrupt West Coast whale watching
(British Columbia) -- A longtime environmental activist plans to sail a boat of shame on the Salish Sea in an effort to end commercial whale watching. “The Salish...

10/22/2019

article Dead whale gives new life to debate over dams in Pacific Northwest
(Washington) -- One image was clear -- a dead orca calf being carried across the ocean by its apparently grief-stricken mother. The calf may well have died from...

9/29/2019

article CHASING A MEMORY: In California, orcas and salmon have become so scarce people have forgotten what once was. Will the Northwest be next?
(California) -- If there is a hell for salmon, it probably looks like this. There were many more golf balls in the water than salmon this summer, whacked there by...

9/13/2019

article Inuvialuit knowledge helps mariners choose wildlife-friendly routes in Western Arctic
(Arctic) -- Mariners travelling through waters in Canada's Western Arctic have a new tool to help them mitigate impacts to wildlife and Inuit harvesting areas. The...

9/11/2019

article Southern Resident Killer Whales given Lummi name in a traditional ceremony
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation held a Sna’teng, a traditional naming ceremony, for the Southern resident killer whale population on Thursday, Aug. 22, on a beach at...

9/1/2019

article Saying they’re family, Lummi Nation gives these endangered orcas a new, ancestral name
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation has given the southern resident killer whales an ancestral, Lummi name. “Traditional names connect family members to one another,...

8/22/2019

article Orca crisis from a First Nation perspective
(British Columbia) -- For the first time, after visiting the islands for nearly 20 years, First Nations marine naturalist educators, researchers and conservationists...

8/9/2019

article Rescuers free humpback whale that was 'hogtied' in fishing gear off Washington coast
(Washington) -- A badly entangled whale is swimming free again after a dramatic rescue off the Washington coast on Thursday evening. The 35-foot long humpback whale...

8/7/2019

article 3 southern resident orcas missing, presumed dead
(Washington) -- Three more southern resident orcas are reported missing and presumed dead, according to the Center for Whale Research. Ken Balcomb, founding director of...

8/6/2019

article Where are the salmon and the orcas?
(Washington) -- The tote was loaded and full of water, the cedar boughs cut and stacked on deck. But as Lummi tribal members headed out on their traditional waters to...

7/29/2019

article Lummi Tribal Members Could Sue Under Repatriation Act to Free Captive Orca in Miami
(Washington) -- In a new effort to release the last surviving southern resident orca in captivity, two Lummi Nation tribal members have notified a Miami theme park they...
article Lummi Tribe members may sue over captive orca
(Washington) -- Members of the Lummi Tribe may sue to get a captive orca returned to local waters, as both sides argue over the whale’s health. A Lummi elder tells...

7/28/2019

article Lummi Tribal members may sue to free captive orca from Miami
(Washington) -- Lummi Tribal members may sue a Florida theme park to bring a captive orca named Lolita home. Lolita was taken from the Puget Sound in 1970 and now lives...

7/19/2019

article Questions linger after Canada releases report about 2016 death of endangered orca J34
(British Columbia) -- As long expected, the Canadian government confirmed Thursday blunt force trauma killed southern resident orca J34 in December 2016, as was...

7/12/2019

article Two southern resident orcas missing as experts fear for the population
(British Columbia) -- Two southern resident killer whales haven’t been seen for a few months leaving experts worried, not just about the fates of both creatures,...

7/1/2019

article Southern resident killer whales missing from Salish Sea
(Washington) -- An endangered species of killer whale, a normally common sight around this time, is missing from the Salish Sea, according to the Orca Behavior Institute...
article Japan resumed commercial whaling after 31 years. New photos show what that looks like
(Japan) -- Five small boats set out from Japan’s northern port of Kushiro on Monday with a simple aim: to find and kill minke whales. By 5 p.m., they had their...

6/30/2019

article Japan resumes commercial whaling, seen as face-saving end
(Japan) -- Japan has resumed commercial whaling after 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal of traditionalists that's seen as a largely lost cause. Whaling boats...

6/26/2019

article Grandmother and Grandfather Among 4 Endangered Whales That Died This Month
(North America) -- Four North Atlantic right whales were found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada in the last three weeks, representing about one percent of the...

6/22/2019

article Right whale found dead had been studied by researchers for decades
(Canada) -- The North Atlantic right whale that was found floating dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada on Thursday was a female whose movement and offspring had...

6/20/2019

article A pod of killer whales — with a new calf — swims into Monterey Bay for the first time
(California) -- Two families of killer whales made their first appearance in Monterey Bay this week after a recent wave of orca sightings in the area. On Monday, whale...

6/16/2019

article As right whales surge north, one death too many
(New Brunswick) -- Before the leviathan was dragged to shore, before it was found floating at sea trailing a slick of blood, the massive creature had had its run-ins...
article Lummi Nation launches new campaign to save dwindling orca population
(Washington) -- Members of the Lummi Tribe, along with activists and scientists, launched the Salish Sea Campaign this weekend to save the southern resident orcas and...
article Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales
(Washington) -- At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale...
article Remembering Lolita, an orca taken nearly 49 years ago and still in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium
(Washington) -- Lyla Snover can still hear the cries from the day the captors came for the southern resident orca whales at Penn Cove, in August 1970, separating...

6/12/2019

article Citing possible harm to orcas, Seattle Mayor Durkan protests U.S. Navy training exercises
(Washington) -- Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan filed a letter of protest Wednesday on behalf of the city of Seattle, slamming proposed testing and training by the U.S. Navy...

6/7/2019

article The Dams That Kill Orca
(Washington) -- A few years ago, Chuck Williams and I drove up to the Olympic Peninsula for a salmon bake near the mouth of the Skokomish River. It was a gathering of...

5/31/2019

article Gray whales are in the midst of an ‘unusual mortality event,’ NOAA says
(California) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday it is launching an investigation into the high number of gray whale deaths reported on...
article Scientists will investigate sudden spike in gray whale deaths along the West Coast
(Washington) -- U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches. About 70 whales have...

5/20/2019

article Namu the orca sparked whale fever in 1965 Seattle — and a local band planned to cash in
(Washington) -- Seattle caught whale fever in the summer of 1965. Just three years after the Space Needle and the Seattle World’s Fair captivated the region, Namu...

5/19/2019

article THE ROAR BELOW: How our noise is hurting orcas’ search for salmon
(Washington) -- Orca K35 dived to 100 feet, pulsing bullets of sound into the dark depths, exploring for prey. Scientists, recording his dive on a special device...
article After 57 gray whale strandings, researchers seek answers
(Washington) -- Gray whales are dying at twice the usual rate as a brutal migration unfolds, with whales washing up on Washington state beaches, apparently starved to...

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