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Orca survives near-deadly entanglement when pod keeps her afloat

For one female orca entangled in a cray pot line near the Northeastern coast of New Zealand, teamwork paid off. Dian, a six-meter orca survived because five members of her pod — Including her calf — lifted her up, keeping her afloat.

Surprise! Southern Resident Killer Whales welcome new calf

Friday Harbor - There was welcome news yesterday for the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population after L86, also named 'Surprise' was spotted with a new calf at her side. With two pod members officially declared deceased this year, it was a much-needed boost.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"

Puget Sound's New Arrival

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

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Keto  Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
Keto, Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
Voice of the Orcas
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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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Image taken from the top of the Atomium; the formation of the word “FREE” symbolising the power ...
Image taken from the top of the Atomium; the formation of the word “FREE” symbolising the power of individuals working together as a team.
Valeria Machado
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This pigmentation pattern was found in photographic data of killer whales from Norway  Iceland  Shet...
This pigmentation pattern was found in photographic data of killer whales from Norway, Iceland, Shetland and the North Sea and in photographs of eight stranded type 1 individuals sampled in this study.
Dr. Andrew Foote
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A spy hopping Southern Resident killer whale off San Juan Island  Washington.
A spy hopping Southern Resident killer whale off San Juan Island, Washington.
NOAA Public Library
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Photo by Dave Ellifrit
Photo by Dave Ellifrit
With permission by The Center for Whale Research
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Photo by Ken Balcomb
Photo by Ken Balcomb
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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With permission by The Center for Whale Research
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With permission by The Center for Whale Research
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Blackfish (film)  a 2013 documentary focusing on the orca Tilikum and dangers of keeping the species...
Blackfish (film), a 2013 documentary focusing on the orca Tilikum and dangers of keeping the species in captivity
Gabriela Cowperthwaite
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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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Photo by Dave Ellifrit
Photo by Dave Ellifrit
With permission by the Center for Whale Research
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National Oceanic and Atmosphiric Agency
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Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale s research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca...
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."
Mark Hosford, Planet Whale
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Jpod  July 2011
Jpod, July 2011
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This pigmentation pattern was found in a small community of individuals on the west coast of Scotlan...
This pigmentation pattern was found in a small community of individuals on the west coast of Scotland, and individuals off the Azores (Karin Hartman; Annette Scheffer unpublished data) and one type 2 individual sampled for this study.
Lewis Drydale, HWDT
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