Monday, April 20, 2015

THE LACK OF SNOW IN THE OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS COULD BE TERRIBLE NEWS FOR SALMON

March 17, 2015 by  
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As has been well documented over the past few months, the winter of 2014-15 is shaping up to give the mountains of the west one of their worst snowpacks in recent memory. While many look at the lack of snow this year and are concerned about the economic impact on ski areas and the increase […]

Orca watchers, another update of location of tagged whale L84

March 17, 2015 by  
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12 March update – On the last update on 9 March the tagged whale was off of Hoh Head at mid-day heading south. By the morning of the 10th he was near Sea Lion Rock where they turned north again and by that afternoon were off Destruction Island. Starting that evening, L84’s tag shifted to […]

L-112’s family is ok! Via Orca Network

May 6, 2012 by  
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Word from the Center for Whale Research this afternoon is that the immediate family of L112 – the 3-year old female found dead at Long Beach, in SW Washington – was seen April 29 off Westport, WA, in a group with several other L pod and K pod orcas.Considering the apparent blast trauma that L112 suffered, the question […]

Balcomb wants to know if young orca was bombed

March 20, 2012 by  
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Ken Balcomb, the dean of killer whale research in the Northwest, has looked at the evidence and believes he knows what killed L-112, a 3-year-old female orca found along the Washington Coast in February. Read more: http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2012/03/16/balcomb-wants-to-know-if-young-orca-was-bombed/#ixzz1pgGklf5Q

Death at sea: speculation swirls over sonar

March 20, 2012 by  
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By SCOTT RASMUSSEN Journal of the San Juans Editor MARCH 14, 2012 · UPDATED 3:55 PM With a body of evidence still under scrutiny, local biologists remain guarded about whether the recent death of a 3-year-old killer whale is the result of unnatural causes. But some local killer whale experts are drawing their own conclusions. “It didn’t die […]

Satellite Tag Deployed on February 20th!

February 22, 2012 by  
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Southern Resident Killer Whale Satellite Tagging On December 8, 2011 NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources Division issued a scientific research permit amendment to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) to authorize satellite tagging of up to six Southern Resident killer whales. On February 20, 2012, the first satellite tag was deployed on an adult […]

Using DTAGs to study acoustics and behavior of Southern Resident killer whales

June 17, 2011 by  
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Cascadia Research is collaborating with researchers from the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) on a study using digital acoustic recording tags (DTAGs) to examine sound exposure, sound use and behavior. Several risk factors were identified as part of the ESA listing process for Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs), and were included in the […]

A New Calf for the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas

June 15, 2011 by  
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From The Seattle P-I Congratulations, L-pod!  The addition of a new member to this struggling population of critically endangered whales is great news!! Read the entire article by clicking here.

New rules to protect Puget Sound orcas take effect Monday

May 16, 2011 by  
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by KING 5 News and Associated Press Posted on May 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM SEATTLE – .New rules issued by the federal government to protect the endangered killer whales go into effect Monday. Among them is a requirement that all recreational vessels, including whale watching boats and kayaks, stay twice as far away as […]

Transient killer whales hunt in silent ‘stealth mode’

May 12, 2011 by  
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By Victoria Gill Science and nature reporter, BBC News   The scientists wanted to know how orcas, commonly known as killer whales, communicate when hunting mammals, which can hear their distinctive calls.  The researchers thought the predators might switch to very high frequency whistles to co-ordinate the hunt. But the orcas actually go completely silent […]

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