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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Video: How do you capture a sick orca? NOAA did it 16 years ago, saving Springer

Capturing J50 will be trickier than it was with Springer, the 2-year-old orphan orca successfully captured and rehabilitated in 2002.


NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings

Plans are being laid to capture J50, the ailing young orca, as efforts to help her in the wild have failed and her condition continues to decline.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Don’t blame Snake dams for grieving mother orca, congressional members told in Pasco

“We were all saddened to see the recent death of a newborn baby whale off the coast of Washington,” said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., on Monday. “However, the four lower …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Seattle’s PCC market to stop selling certain chinook to help orcas

Seattle-based PCC Community Markets says it will stop selling all chinook salmon products caught in Northwest waters to help critically endangered orcas.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Orca J50 declared dead after search; southern residents down to 74 whales

A massive search is underway for ailing orca J50, but the lead researcher who tracks the southern-resident population says she’s probably dead.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 8:50 a.m.

Firing a dart into a wild, sick orca ‘a little bit different,’ sharp-shooting veterinarian says

Ailing orca J50 isn’t fairing well, but an international group of scientists is working to save her, including sharp-shooting veterinarians. They’ve administered medicine to the whale over the past month.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Concerns grow for young orca’s life as it struggles to swim with family in Salish Sea

The three-year-old orca, J50, fell behind her family and went missing for more than three days. She was spotted Monday morning with her mom.


Environmentalists sue federal government in Seattle to protect endangered orcas

An environmental conservation group has sued the federal government, alleging it failed to meet its obligation to protect the habitat of endangered southern-resident killer whales on the West Coast.


Scientists attempt to feed chinook to ailing orca – but did she eat?

Feeding hatchery fish to a wild, starving orca in an unprecedented move by federal scientists to save her life.


After 17 days and 1,000 miles, mother orca Tahlequah drops her dead calf

Tahlequah the mother orca is no longer carrying her dead calf.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Teams pack boats with fish to prepare to feed ailing orca

Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with live fish and rushed to waters near an island off Washington state Friday, preparing …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Researchers won’t take dead orca calf away from mother as she carries it into a 17th day

As Tahlequah carries her deceased calf for a 17th straight day, and concerns mount about her health, taking the calf away is not an option because of the tight bond …


Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died.


‘Considerable fog’ complicates search for ailing orca J50

If J50 is found Wednesday, officials will seek to assess her health and possibly administer medicine.


Vets ready for rare efforts to save ailing endangered orca

Experts are preparing rare emergency efforts to administer antibiotics or feed live salmon to try to save a young emaciated orca that’s part of a critically endangered pod of killer …


Feeding a wild orca: Inside the practice run to save the ailing killer whale J50

The Lummi Nation launched a practice run to feed a starving young orca in the wild. The orca is in the same southern-resident orca pod as J35, or Tahlequa, the …


Will we now commit to saving the Northwest’s orcas? A task force meets Tuesday

A task force on orca recovery, convened by Gov. Jay Inslee, will meet Tuesday in Wenatchee for the first time since the whales riveted the world’s attention, adding poignant urgency …


NOAA plans ‘outside the box’ response to save J pod orca, which may have just days to live

The federal government is marshaling an emergency response for J50, the starving 4-year-old orca whale, which will include feeding live chinook — dosed with medicine — to the ailing animal …


Researchers searched all day for the grieving orca mother. Then they found her, still clinging to her calf.

Taylor Shedd, of Soundwatch, has been monitoring Tahlequah at a distance.


Orca mother carries dead calf for fifth day as family stays close by

People around the world have been watching the grieving whale and her family, members of the critically endangered southern resident orcas.


Washington researchers say local orca missing, presumed dead

Researchers say an adult male orca is missing and presumed dead as resident killer whales struggle with a dearth of salmon in the Salish Sea.


Lummi prayers, songs at Seaquarium just start of effort to free captive whale

Lummi carvers are headed home from their unsuccessful journey to free Lolita the captive orca at the Miami Seaquarium. They vow to never give up.


Another orca born in boom dies, likely from malnutrition

Officials say a male orca born nearly three years ago has died, presumably from malnutrition.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

SeaWorld’s last orca calf born in captivity has died

The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld’s former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company’s San Antonio park, SeaWorld said.


Tribes sue Coast Guard over tanker traffic’s risk to orcas

The Tulalip and Suquamish tribes are suing the Coast Guard, alleging a failure to protect endangered orcas from the risk of oil spills associated with tanker traffic in the Strait …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

SeaWorld announces birth of last baby orca bred in captivity

The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio, Texas, just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following …


Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone

The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.


SeaWorld: Tilikum, orca that killed trainer, has died

Tilikum, an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010 and was profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity at …


Oldest Puget Sound orca, ‘Granny,’ missing, considered dead

The oldest member of the small population of endangered Puget Sound orcas has been missing for months and is now likely dead, bringing the toll of dead or missing whales …


Endangered Puget Sound orca found dead off Canadian coast

Scientists said an orca found dead off the coast of British Columbia belonged to the endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters.