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UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Laws to protect orcas with cleaner, quieter water, more salmon

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws to protect orcas.


Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

Breaching dams to benefit endangered orcas is contentious issue

Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention.


Spin Control: Almost everything gets a special spot on the calendar. How about orcas?

Proposal to declare a National Orca Protection Month may be a whale of an idea, but fans of the marine mammals shouldn’t get their hopes up.


Study: Orcas’ failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to …


Biologist: Orca attacks on gray whales up in California bay

Killer whales are on an unprecedented killing spree in California’s Monterey Bay, attacking and feeding on gray whale calves, a marine biologist said.


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 …


With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams

Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.


SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making them perform tricks

ORLANDO, Fla. – Finally bowing to years of public pressure, SeaWorld announced Thursday it will immediately stop breeding killer whales, and soon stop making them perform theatrical tricks. SeaWorld’s 29 …


Drones track orcas in Puget Sound, show population in good shape

Drone flights over Washington’s San Juan Islands captured striking photographs of all 81 members of the small population of orcas that spend much of their time in the state’s inland …


Newborn Puget Sound killer whale presumed dead

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the …


Groups sue over Navy sonar use off Northwest coast

SEATTLE (AP) — Conservationists and Native American tribes are suing over the Navy’s expanded use of sonar in training exercises off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, saying the noise …


Researchers get good view of orca pod from zeppelin

EVERETT – Pilot Katharine Board often sees pods of blue, gray and killer whales as she flies along the California coast. Compared with other pilots, however, she has a unique …


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Beasts a burden for fisheries OUTLAW – While road hunters are an issue in modern days, anglers apparently have had their issues with mixing their sport with transportation.