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Killer whales News

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.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Greta McClain - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

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.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Candace Calloway Whiting - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Candace Calloway Whiting - 5 comments

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"
In the Media by John Dewar Gleissner - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

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.
In the Media by dpa news - 3 comments

Puget Sound's New Arrival

One of 3 pods of Puget Sound's endangered orcas has a new calf.
In the Media by wiccania - 2 comments

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...
In the Media by KeithLDick - 1 comment
 

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L84 eating a salmon. (Photo by Dave Ellifrit)
Permission by the Center for Whale Research
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...
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
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
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Lipman captured photos of wild orca during a whale-watching expedition in Iceland.  It was a fantast...
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Lipman captured photos of wild orca during a whale-watching expedition in Iceland. "It was a fantastic experience," she said.
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Wild Icelandic orca. Orca Aware founder: Samantha Lipman  told Digital Journal that  orcas cannot tr...
Sam Lipman/Orca Aware.org
Wild Icelandic orca. Orca Aware founder: Samantha Lipman, told Digital Journal that "orcas cannot truly be orcas in captivity."
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Victoria s mother  L86  near Westport  Wa.  April 2012. Photo courtesy Erin Falcone and Greg Shore  ...
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Victoria's mother, L86, near Westport, Wa. April 2012. Photo courtesy Erin Falcone and Greg Shore, Cascadia Research Collective
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Photo by Ken Balcomb
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Tilikum performing at SeaWorld for entertainment and profit. The collapsed dorsal fin caused by capt...
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Tilikum performing at SeaWorld for entertainment and profit. The collapsed dorsal fin caused by captivity.
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Tucker trying to pick up the scent of whale scat.
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Tucker trying to pick up the scent of whale scat.
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Killer whales (Orcinus orca)  commonly called orcas  belong to the oceanic dolphin family.
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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 ...
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
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
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One humpback whale tilts its head up out of the water  directed toward
the sole adult male orca that...
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
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
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Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale s research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca...
Mark Hosford, Planet Whale
Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale's research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca has been identified and named as "Cristina."
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Southern Residents  July 2011.
Southern Residents, July 2011.
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Tucker heads to work
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Tucker heads to work
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Eleven killer whales are trapped in the ice of Canada s Hudson Bay.
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Eleven killer whales are trapped in the ice of Canada's Hudson Bay.
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According to Lipman   The Icelandic orca population were targeted by the captive industry in the 197...
Sam Lipman/Orca Aware.org
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."
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