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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

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

Multiple sources confirm SeaWorld's Kalia is pregnant

San Diego - Several sources from within SeaWorld have now confirmed to Digital Journal that nine-year-old killer whale Kalia is pregnant.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Former trainers decry possible orca pregnancy at SeaWorld Special

San Diego - A newly-released YouTube video caused a stir over the weekend after it showed SeaWorld staff performing an ultrasound on an allegedly pregnant young female orca in San Diego.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

'Blackfish' doc inspires legislation to ban orca shows in Calif.

Los Angeles - In another blow for SeaWorld, a state lawmaker introduced new legislation that would ban the use of killer whales during performances in California.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Best achievements in cetacean advocacy for 2013

The documentary Blackfish certainly made it the year of the orca, but there were several other notable achievements for cetaceans in 2013. These are the accomplishments voted on by advocates themselves.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 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 whale integrated back to her pod in 2002, now gives birth

A killer whale called Springer is the first to have been captured and released and subsequently given birth in the wild. She was spotted with a calf on July 4 by biologist Graeme Ellis near Bella Bella on B.C.'s northern coast.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

Tilikum talks — Orca's story told in book and film

With both David Kirby's book -- Death At SeaWorld debuting in paperback, and the documentary 'Blackfish' opening across US and UK theatres, July is looking to become Tilikum's month.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Op-Ed: Sea monster found off New Zealand

Sydney - Another day, another monster? Not quite, this time. A large aquatic animal, apparently carnivorous, has washed up in New Zealand. The body is badly decomposed, and suggests a crocodilian head with a twin fin tail.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Orcas versus sperm whale caught on film

A recent photo expedition off Sri Lanka produced more than just photos of blue whales. Instead, there was a sighting of killer whales assaulting sperm whales.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 1 comment

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: Frontline’s 'A Whale Of A Business' finally airs on YouTube Special

It's been 15 years since the documentary was first released in November 1997, but it is still considered one of the most telling exposures of the captive marine mammal industry.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 5 comments

Could a dog named Tucker be the Orca's best chance at survival?

Seattle - Killer whales, also known as Orca whales, are not doing very well in Puget Sound. In fact, in 2005 they were added to the endangered species list. There's hope however in the form of a black lab mix who's helping researchers try and save the whales.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Scientists: Two types of killer whale inhabiting UK waters Special

Aberdeen - An international group of scientists is reporting that two types of killer whale on the verge of becoming separate species, are currently living in UK waters.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

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

Pro-SeaWorld activists launch censorship petition against book Special

New York - Pro-SeaWorld activists are engaging in censorship in an attempt to quell award-winning author David Kirby's new book, "Death at SeaWorld." What are they afraid of? Digital Journal talked to Kirby to find out.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 6 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

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
 

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Blackfish (film)  a 2013 documentary focusing on the orca Tilikum and dangers of keeping the species...
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Blackfish (film), a 2013 documentary focusing on the orca Tilikum and dangers of keeping the species in captivity
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Keto  Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
Voice of the Orcas
Keto, Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
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A spy hopping Southern Resident killer whale off San Juan Island  Washington.
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A spy hopping Southern Resident killer whale off San Juan Island, Washington.
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Orcas are trained to present themselves for  the artificial insemination process. It involves extrac...
Voice of the Orcas
Orcas are trained to present themselves for the artificial insemination process. It involves extracting sperm from a male orca and placing it in the female.
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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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Victoria s mother  L86  near Westport  Wa.  April 2012. Photo courtesy Erin Falcone and Greg Shore  ...
Cascadia Research Collective
Victoria's mother, L86, near Westport, Wa. April 2012. Photo courtesy Erin Falcone and Greg Shore, Cascadia Research Collective
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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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Protestors from all over Europe gather to deliver the message   Close Europe s Dolphinaria .
Protestors from all over Europe gather to deliver the message, 'Close Europe's Dolphinaria'.
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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
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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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Jpod  July 2011
Jpod, July 2011
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Keto  on loan from SeaWorld  resides at Loro Parque in Tenerife. Alexis is on the far right  leaning...
Voice of the Orcas
Keto, on loan from SeaWorld, resides at Loro Parque in Tenerife. Alexis is on the far right, leaning on Keto.
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PETA activists demonstrate outside the Macy s Herald Square store protesting the plan for SeaWorld t...
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PETA activists demonstrate outside the Macy's Herald Square store protesting the plan for SeaWorld to have a float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York
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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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