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UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

It’s a girl: Researchers get closer look at J pod orca baby

A new baby orca born to J pod is a female, researchers have confirmed.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

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

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws to protect orcas.


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

The decline of salmon adds to the struggle of Puget Sound’s orcas

The crew of the Bell M. Shimada hauled in the net, long as a football field and teeming with life. Scientists, off the coast of Washington for a week on …


Sea lion shootings surge, prompting $20K reward for tipsters

Federal officials are attempting to find the people who are killing sea lions near Seattle, offering a $20,000 reward for information to find the perpetrators.


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: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

New orca calf seen among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales

A new calf has been born to the critically endangered southern resident killer whales, researchers confirmed.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

Two more Puget Sound orcas are ill, predicted to die by summer

Two more orcas are ailing and probably will be dead by summer, according to the region’s expert on the demographics of the critically endangered southern residents.


Groups: U.S. must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales, one of three dozen recommendations to save a population …


Another orca sick, others pregnant

Another orca is sick and several others are pregnant in the critically endangered family of southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Mine found floating in Puget Sound from 2005 naval exercise

The U.S. Navy says the mine found floating in Puget Sound on Tuesday was an inert mine used during a 2005 exercise at its Naval Undersea Warfare Command in Keyport.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Unexploded device floating in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island

The Coast Guard and Navy bomb technicians are responding to a reported unexploded ordinance floating in the water between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

New endangered Puget Sound orca dies soon after birth

The first calf born in three years to the endangered orcas that spend time in Pacific Northwest waters died Tuesday, the latest troubling sign for a population already at its …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

5 children pulled from water near Seattle’s Discovery Park

Authorities say five children were pulled from the water near Seattle’s Discovery Park and taken to a hospital.


‘All indulged’: Puget Sound’s wildest Fourth of July party was its first one — in 1841

The first Fourth of July celebrated in the Puget Sound region? It happened 177 years ago near what is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord and included some of the same festivities …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Scientists find opioids, antibiotics in Puget Sound mussels

Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

Lawsuit says Army Corps is failing to protect Puget Sound’s marine habitat

Three conservation groups have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying it fails to protect marine habitat because it doesn’t adequately regulate seawalls and other structures built along many …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

Puget Sound scientists rescued this whale. Now they need your help finding it.

The fish-ecology division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is asking for the help of boaters or whale watchers to find the gray whale, whose gender and age …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 6 p.m.

WSU: Stink bugs infesting Puget Sound region

Researchers for Washington State University are being deluged with reports of brown marmorated stink bugs, especially from western Washington.


Court blocks company’s attempt to restock Atlantic salmon

An Atlantic salmon farming company cannot restock a net-pen farm while it challenges Washington state’s termination of its license to operate, a judge has ruled.


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

New rule bans vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound

Recreational and commercial vessels will not be able to release treated or untreated sewage into Puget Sound waters under new rules approved by the state aimed at improving water quality.


Puget Sound salmon take in human drugs, which may hurt survival

Puget Sound chinook are doing our drugs, and it may be hurting them, new research shows.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

State bills tackle threats to endangered Puget Sound orcas

With the number of endangered Puget Sound orcas at a 30-year low, state lawmakers want to protect the fish-eating killer whales that spend time in the inland waters of the …


1 dead, 1 critical after paddleboat capsizes in Puget Sound

The Coast Guard says one man has died and another woman is in critical condition after their paddleboat capsized in Puget Sound just south of Seattle.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Study: Distance restrictions on Puget Sound orcas haven’t hurt tourism

A study by a federal agency has found that restrictions limiting boats from getting too close to endangered southern resident killer whales have not harmed the whale-watching industry.


Report: Salmon net pen’s collapse followed earlier breakdown

A report to state regulators says a collapse of an Atlantic salmon net pen last August was preceded by a serious breakdown less than a month earlier in which nearly …


1 million Atlantic salmon smolts headed to Puget Sound pens over state’s objections

State officials ask fish farming company to keep new salmon smolts out of the Puget Sound, but company says no.


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: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 9:28 a.m.

At least 1 escaped salmon found in south Puget Sound waters

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Nisqually Tribe says an escaped Atlantic salmon has been caught by a tribal member in the Tacoma area, far from the San Juan Islands where thousands …


Group to sue after farmed salmon spill into Puget Sound

A conservation group plans to sue after net pens at a salmon farm in Washington state collapsed, spilling thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound.