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Orca J28 believed dead, another sign of distress in whale population

Hopes for the recovery of southern resident killer whale populations have cooled one year after a “baby boom” for the endangered species.<p>The Center …

SeaWorld's Killer Whale Shows Finally Banned In California

PA<p><b>Finally California’s Governor Jerry Brown has signed on the line to put an end to SeaWorld’s inhumane orca breeding and performance …

California Just Banned SeaWorld From Breeding Orcas In Captivity

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a new bill that outlaws the breeding of killer whales in captivity, while also making it illegal …

It's Now Illegal to Breed Captive Killer Whales in California

California will no longer allow the breeding of captive killer whales such as those used in SeaWorld’s famous “Shamu” shows under a measure signed on …

Killer Whales

SeaWorld Says It Will Stop Breeding Killer Whales

SeaWorld announced Thursday morning that it will no longer breed orcas in captivity, and will phase the whales out of the park's famous killer whale …

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SeaWorld

California Bans Breeding and Performance of Captive Orcas

California has become the first US state to ban orca breeding and captivity programs and the legislation comes into effect in 2017. At Ecophiles, we …

Whales

Why These Beautiful Albino Killer Whales Are Bad News

From Moby Dick to Migaloo, white whales have always been especially rare. Spotting one of these milky white giants would make any whale-watcher’s …

Whales

Here's Why SeaWorld Shares Just Took a Deep Plunge

SeaWorld Entertainment on Monday slashed its quarterly dividend and said it would suspend future payments, six months after the company decided to …

SeaWorld

Canada May Approve an Oil Pipeline That Threatens the World’s Most Endangered Killer Whales

Environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort to thwart a Canadian oil pipeline plan that they say will further degrade the fragile habitat of …

Wild Killer Whales Have Never Killed A Human

Scientists have a few theories as to why wild killer whales, also called orcas, don't attack people. One is that they're exceptionally picky eaters. …

Killer Whales

How killer whales went from beasts to beloved

Orcas are one of the most beloved animals on the planet, but the creatures were widely perceived as monsters long before activists began chanting …

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Killer whales spotted near Camano Island

Whale watchers have reason to be excited this week as killer whales from J and K pods arrive in Puget Sound.<p>The whales were seen in the Saratoga …

Puget Sound

Orca Death Brings Science Under Scrutiny

A recent report concludes that a satellite tracking tag contributed to the death of an endangered killer whale<p>Whale researchers don’t typically deal …

Columbia River

Killer Whales Are Speciating Right in Front of Us

Just offshore from the pebble beaches of Bere Point on Malcolm Island, British Columbia, the <i>Naiad Explorer</i> rocks gently in the waters of the Queen …

Killer Whales

Killer whales in Washington-area waters struggling, dying from lack of food, scientist says

SEATTLE — Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or …

Animals

SeaWorld seeks OK for orca encounter stage

A year after announcing it would phase out its long-running Shamu show in San Diego, SeaWorld is asking the California Coastal Commission this week for permission to start building a stage for its new orca encounter.<p>If the commission signs off at its meeting Friday, SeaWorld says it could begin …

BC's Pioneer Of Killer Whale Research

<b>Killer whales, or orcas, are an iconic part of the British Columbia coast.</b> Dr. Michael Bigg, a marine biologist from Duncan, is known as the founder …

Without Salmon, We Lose Our Killer Whales

One by one is how we will lose them. On an especially sad week—like this last week—we’re losing them two at a time. This past Saturday, the Center …

Killer Whales

Orca protection part of $1.5B marine plan, says Liberal MP

A decade-long U.S. study published two years ago concluded the triple threats of pollution, vessel noise and the availability of food make it almost …

Orca protection part of Ottawa's $1.5 billion marine protection plan

VICTORIA — Ships off the West Coast could be forced to yield the right of way to killer whales as part of a federal ocean protection plan, says a …

Researchers worried killer whale population will flatline with female deaths

The death of a single wild animal is not usually significant, but for an endangered species of killer whales the loss of a young female has some …

Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink

Conservationists say the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project poses the greatest risk yet to a killer whale population on the edge of extinction<p>On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side loom towering skyscrapers. These churning waters off the coast of Vancouver are marked …

Canada

Endangered orcas under threat from bitumen pipeline planned for Vancouver port

A population of killer whales that live off the coast of Vancouver, Canada is under threat by a planned oil pipeline that could lead to a disruption …

Building the World's First Retirement Home For Killer Whales

When the documentary "Blackfish" was released in 2013, it showed the shocking reality of what life is life for captive performing orcas. The animals, which can grow to over 20 feet long, lived in concrete enclosures that only allow for around 35 feet of dive depth. The unnatural stress of this …

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