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Photo Essay: Wonders of nature at the Vancouver Aquarium Special

Vancouver - About 50,000 aquatic creatures make their home at the Vancouver Aquarium. With a focus on communication and research, the dazzling exhibits entertain and educate visitors promoting conservation of wildlife in marine and freshwater environments.

Vancouver Aquarium uses drone to track killer whales in the wild

Vancouver - Researchers from the Vancouver Aquarium, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used a drone to observe killer whales (Orcas). It is the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle tracked wild marine mammals.

Op-Ed: Killer whales dominate Superpod Three on San Juan Island Special

Friday Harbor - Superpod Three concluded last Friday following a fabulous whirlwind five-day orca-fest, hosted by the cast of the documentary, ‘Blackfish’. The real stars of the show however, were undoubtedly, the killer whales themselves.

Blackfish stars and orca experts to descend on San Juan Island

Friday Harbor - Orca enthusiasts from around the globe will unite next week for a week-long orca fest on San Juan Island in Washington State. Now in its third year, the gathering, aptly named "Superpod," will be the best attended event yet.

New Whale Week festival spotlights Scotland’s rich marine habitat

Tobermory - Believed to be the first event of its kind in Scotland, the inaugural Whale Week festival, highlighting the importance of Scotland’s west coast, peppered with islands and inlets, as a habitat for cetaceans, kicks off on Sunday, June 8.

Op-Ed: Sources hinting new orca calf born at Marineland France is inbred

Antibes - Marineland France celebrated the birth of a new orca on Nov. 20, or did they? While a 12-year-old female orca named Wikie definitely delivered a calf, there has been no big announcement of the birth.

Killer whales identified as ‘two different species’

A new study of the DNA of killer whales has confirmed that there are at least two different species of orca swimming in the world’s oceans.

Killer whales live in complex communities

Killer whales do not breed freely with one another, a new report suggests. Rather the ocean’s top predators live in subgroups made up of individual communities. This is a level of sophistication similar to dolphins.

Op-Ed: Orcas return to San Juan; oldest member shatters captivity myth

Friday Harbor - The Center for Whale Research announced yesterday that all of the Southern Resident J pod whales had returned safe and sound to the San Juan Island region of Washington. The oldest member of the pod is J2, affectionately named Granny.

Inuit people, Mother Nature provide freedom for trapped whales Special

Quebec - Residents of the small Canadian town of Inukjuak, Quebec are responding to the plight of eleven killer whales trapped under the ice in Hudson Bay.

Op-Ed: Haunting PSA pleads the case for action over killer whale Lolita

A newly released Public Service Announcement calling for the retirement of orca Lolita, is asking the public to back the killer whale's cause and transition her to an ocean sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest.

Video: Watch panic-stricken dolphins chased by killer whales

The video shows hundreds of white-sided dolphins in a panic-stricken dash with killer whales chasing after them. The viewer can sense the panic of the dolphins as their fins churn the blue bay waters white in their frantic dash for safety.

Navy bombs in sanctuary, population of gentle orcas endangered Special

Less than 90 individuals remain in this population of gentle fish-eating orcas. Low salmon supply and toxins are suspected as contributing causes, but the recent death of a young orca has raised questions of the safety of naval practice in a sanctuary.

Humpback whales intervene in orca attack on gray whale calf Special

Monterey - In what is probably the first time such an event has been witnessed and recorded, humpback whales appeared to try to intervene when a pod of killer whales attacked a baby gray whale.

Op-Ed: Five Killer Whales Versus 2.3 Million Humans

Many people label relationships and situations they dislike as "slavery." Communists call salaried workers "wage slaves"

SeaWorld trainers prepare to swim with killer whales again

Orlando - SeaWorld officials say they are preparing trainers to re-enter the tanks with the park's killer whales for the first time in a year following the death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by the orca Tilikum in full view of an audience.

Canadian oil spill threatens killer whales

As cleanup crews frantically tried to contain a massive oil spill off Vancouver Island, environmentalists were concerned that several killer whale pods may be at risk, reports said Wednesday.

Puget Sound's New Arrival

One of 3 pods of Puget Sound's endangered orcas has a new calf.

Video: Killer Whales' "Killer" Hunting Moves

Sorry friends, there is no direct Video Link, so you have to go to the NG site to see it... Just thank "National Geographic" for the insight to these wonderful ocean creatures...
 

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Photo by Dave Ellifrit
Photo by Dave Ellifrit
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Bird s-eye view of a pod of killer whales from hexacopter drone used by the Vancouver Aquarium/NOAA ...
Bird's-eye view of a pod of killer whales from hexacopter drone used by the Vancouver Aquarium/NOAA to track marine mammals off the BC coast (still capture from video).
Vancouver Aquarium/NOAA
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Photo by Ken Balcomb
Photo by Ken Balcomb
With permission by The Center for Whale Research
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Killer whales (Orcinus orca)  commonly called orcas  belong to the oceanic dolphin family.
Killer whales (Orcinus orca), commonly called orcas, belong to the oceanic dolphin family.
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Two humpbacks were present throughout the attack  and were joined shortly after the attack ended by ...
Two humpbacks were present throughout the attack, and were joined shortly after the attack ended by five more. © Alisa Schulman-Janiger/Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
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According to Lipman   The Icelandic orca population were targeted by the captive industry in the 197...
According to Lipman, "The Icelandic orca population were targeted by the captive industry in the 1970's and 1980's and around 55 individuals (that we know of) were captured from the wild for captive display. Of these individuals," Lipman explained, "only eight are still alive today."
Sam Lipman/Orca Aware.org
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Tucker heads to work
Tucker heads to work
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Victoria s mother  L86  near Westport  Wa.  April 2012. Photo courtesy Erin Falcone and Greg Shore  ...
Victoria's mother, L86, near Westport, Wa. April 2012. Photo courtesy Erin Falcone and Greg Shore, Cascadia Research Collective
Cascadia Research Collective
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Permission by the Center for Whale Research (photo by Dave Ellifrit)
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Lipman captured photos of wild orca during a whale-watching expedition in Iceland.  It was a fantast...
Lipman captured photos of wild orca during a whale-watching expedition in Iceland. "It was a fantastic experience," she said.
Sam Lipman/Orca Aware.org
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One humpback whale tilts its head up out of the water  directed toward
the sole adult male orca that...
One humpback whale tilts its head up out of the water, directed toward the sole adult male orca that is surfacing nearby. © Alisa Schulman-Janiger/Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
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Photo by Dave Ellifrit
Photo by Dave Ellifrit
With permission by The Center for Whale Research
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L84 eating a salmon. (Photo by Dave Ellifrit)
L84 eating a salmon. (Photo by Dave Ellifrit)
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During the attack  this calf was seen nearby but not in the  splash zone   sandwiched between the ma...
During the attack, this calf was seen nearby but not in the "splash zone", sandwiched between the male at its mother; it was likely kept that way to minimize chances of injury. © Alisa Schulman-Janiger/Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
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