Posts tagged: orcas
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — An update on the status of the Colockum elk herd is among a wide range of topics on the agenda when the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meets June 7-8 in Olympia.
The commission also will consider:
Info: Commission office in Olympia, (360) 902-2267, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARINE WILDLIFE — A boater who was caught by the Coast Guard too close to Puget Sound killer whales on Wednesday won’t be penalized, but next summer violators could be fined thousands of dollars, the Associated Press reports.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working with the Coast Guard and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to educate boaters about a 2011 requirement to stay at least 200 yards away from orcas, spokesman Brian Gorman said. Previously it was just a guideline.
“Our intention is to depend on education and warning rather than coming on like gangbusters,” Gorman said.
They’ll make a decision before next summer’s boating season on issuing fines, Gorman said. Civil penalties under the Marine Mammal Protection Act could reach $11,000, and fines under the Endangered Species Act could be as high as $32,500, Gorman said.
Read on for more details from the AP.
WHALE WATCHING — An orca calf, born to the famous J Pod that roams into Puget Sound, was photographed Monday shortly after it was born to an 11-year-old mother.
The killer whales were swimming near the San Juan Islands. See a detailed report here.
See other photos — including some really sweet ones — chronicling the pod's baby whales in recent years.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL – $200 discounts are being offered for guided six-day sea kayaking trips geared to paddling with orcas off Vancouver Island.
Nancy Mertz, co-owner of Couer-d Alene-based Sea Kayak Adventures, said they have a few slots they’re trying to fill for camping excursions in the famous killer whale waters of Johnstone Strait.
Info: 800-616-1943 or www.seakayakadventures.com.
My wife and I joined one of these groups a few years ago and the exprience of paddling with orcas ranks among the most exciting in our repertoie.
MARINE MAMMALS — A newborn calf has been spotted among one of the pods of killer whales returning to the Puget Sound.
The Kitsap Sun reports the baby orca was seen Wednesday, when a majority of the three pods of killer whales returned to the San Juan Islands, as they do each year.
Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research says all the adult orcas in the three pods seem to be accounted for, including one whale that had not been seen since February.
Balcomb says the newborn calf is male and still had his umbilical cord attached on Wednesday. That means he is only days old. His birth brings the total Puget Sound or Southern Resident orca population to 88. The whales are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
PADDLING — If a guided sea-kayaking trip to the Vancouver Island area or southeast Alaska has been on your back burner, maybe now's the time to act.
Coeur d'Alene-based Sea Kayak Adventures has just announced discounts on their summer trips oriented to seeing orcas in Canada's Johnstone Strait area ($100 off) or a whales, glaciers and hotsprings trip based out of a mother ship near Sitka (25 percent off).
Offers available through Monday.
MARINE MAMMALS — In May, Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers will be back on the water enforcing the laws that protect Puget Sound Orcas.
“There’s an incentive to get close to those whales and give your client that photo of a lifetime,” said the department’s Deputy Chief, Mike Cenci said in a story moved by the Associated Press. “There’s a lot of pressure there.”
On an undercover trip aboard the “Serengeti” out of Victoria, officers recorded the captain giving his philosophy on following the law.
“I’ve had several close passes and it’s not good when enforcement is around but it’s kind of like you speed when the cops aren’t around right?” the captain said.
According to Fish and Wildlife officials, officers were on the water patrolling vessels near the Orcas 15 days out of the entire five-month season.
On the limited patrols last summer officers issued five citations, three of which were issued to commercial whale watch boats.
Read on for details from the AP report.
FISHING — When a pod of killer whales zeroes in on the same school of fish as the British Columbia sportfishing fleet, it’s a head-to-head competition to see who’s the best fisherman.
This video has been going around for a while, but it’s cool to watch.
Be ready for a bit of coarse language from the loser in the competition.