Weather: The fog is expected to lift before noon and give way to the sun. Low 50s for the high. The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: Some lanes of northbound Interstate 5 between the Interstate 90 interchange and Yesler Way are closed this weekend for expansion-joint repairs. Expect long delays. Lanes will…More
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SEATTLE — Federal officials have proposed including captive killer whale Lolita in the endangered-species listing for Puget Sound orcas. Activists consider the announcement Friday by the National Marine Fisheries Service a step toward releasing the whale that was captured in 1970 and is now at the Miami Seaquarium. Her fellow orcas spend most of their time…More
BREMERTON (AP) — An examination of a gray whale found dead at Bremerton showed scars from a severe killer whale attack in the past. The 29-foot male was 2 or 3 years old and in poor nutritional condition with a thin layer of blubber. It had been attempting to feed on the bottom but its stomach…More
A newborn orca was found washed up on a Dungeness Spit beach Monday morning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 7.5-foot male calf was found about a day or two after its death, said Brad Hanson, a wildlife biologist for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Hanson rushed to the area this evening with…More
The Associated Press A federal judge in Tacoma has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at freeing the killer whale Lolita from captivity at Miami Seaquarium. Judge Benjamin H. Settle last week ruled that orca activists who sued the federal government didn’t give proper notice and failed to state a valid claim. He granted motions by the government and…More
A group of 5 or six orcas were surfacing and spouting in Puget Sound between Seattle and Bainbridge Island late this morning. Our photographer Ken Lambert was a long way from the orcas and laments not being to get a more detailed photo. He used a 400mm lens with a 1.4 extender just to get this pix. KING5…More
The Associated Press A new baby orca was photographed Saturday in a pod that lives in Puget Sound. The Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research confirmed the mother is 39-year-old Slick, also known as J-16. Her new calf brings the total number of killer whales in the Southern Resident population to 89. The…More