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January 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Dead orca calf was member of endangered population

The Associated Press The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service says a dead newborn orca calf found on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula last week belongs to a population of endangered killer whales. The agency said Tuesday that scientists are trying to determine what killed the 7 ½-foot-long male calf. He was found on a Dungeness Spit beach. An…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: death, endangered, Olympic Peninsula

January 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Ice encroaching on pod of killer whales trapped in Hudson Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIJGW1HYxsA YouTube user TheKayuk posted this video of  the ice-trapped killer whales in Hudson Bay. About a dozen killer whales have been ice-trapped in Hudson Bay since earlier this week, and no one is sure whether they can be saved. Several videos of the whales gasping for air in the small space where they’re trapped have been…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Big Miracle, Inukjuak, killer whales

November 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Feds to review whether Puget Sound orcas keep endangered status

The Associated Press  The federal government is reviewing whether Puget Sound orcas should keep its endangered status. NOAA Fisheries said Monday the review was prompted by a petition from the California-based Pacific Legal Foundation seeking to delist the killer whales. The petition asserts that orcas aren’t in danger of becoming extinct because they’re part of a larger…

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October 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

6 orcas identified off West Seattle

The Associated Press More than a dozen killer whales swimming past West Seattle gave residents a spectacular sight Monday as the sun set. Howard Garrett of the Orca Network says six identified from photos represent all three Puget Sound pods — J, K and L. He says this is the farthest south the orcas have been seen…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Orca Network, orcas, pods

August 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

New baby Orca born to J Pod

The birth of a baby to a young mother can sometimes cause consternation among  human animals, but not so when it’s in our local pods of orcas. The report on Monday of a new calf born to the J Pod, one of the area’s “most stable and successful” families, is being hailed far…

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February 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Young orca from Puget Sound pod found dead

Associated Press LONG BEACH, Pacific County – Biologists say a dead killer whale that washed up near Long Beach over the weekend was a juvenile endangered Puget Sound orca. The National Marine Fisheries Service and Center for Whale Research identified the whale as L112, a female orca born in 2009. She was part of the L pod,…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Endangered species, orcas, Puget Sound