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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 […]

Killer whales arrive along coast

May 10, 2011 by  
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The killer whales are here again – marauding around the central coast in search of baby gray whales. It’s a little known aspect of whale watching on Oregon’s coast, but this time of year is also orca season, usually in the Depoe Bay and Newport areas, but often seen from Cascade Head all the way […]

NOAA issues new rules to safeguard Puget Sound’s Killer Whales

May 5, 2011 by  
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Endangered whales to be given wider berth. NOAA’s Fisheries Service issued new rules today on vessel traffic, aimed at protecting Southern Resident killer whales in Washington’s Puget Sound. These charismatic marine mammals, popular with tourists, whale-watch operators and the general public, were added to the Endangered Species list in late 2005. The Southern Resident population […]

Whale Watch Companies Ticketed

April 7, 2011 by  
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Q13 Fox Seattle OLYMPIA— In less than a month, Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers will be back on the water enforcing the laws that protect Puget Sound Orcas. “There’s an incentive to get close to those whales and give your client that photo of a lifetime,” said the department’s Deputy Chief, Mike Cenci. “There’s […]

Iconic J1 is presumed missing

February 21, 2011 by  
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The oldest Southern Resident male is missing

In the battle to save whales and salmon, fishing gets caught in the middle

February 16, 2011 by  
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By Craig Welch/Seattle Times Scientists with nets normally used to clean swimming pools tracked killer whales through Puget Sound last week, scooping up their oily poop. The surprise February visit to Washington from members of J pod came just days after state and tribal leaders learned they may again have to cut back salmon fishing […]

Orcas hunting in San Francisco Bay identified as pod from Puget Sound

February 15, 2011 by  
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A group of roughly 14 orca whales has been spotted in San Francisco Bay waters at various times starting last week. The pod of orca whales scouring the San Francisco coastal waters for prey has been identified. The group of roughly 14 whales — that has been spotted at various times starting last week — […]

Come See an Orca Skeleton Being Assembled in Port Townsend!

February 3, 2011 by  
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Don’t miss this rare chance to watch a major skeleton articulation in progress.  Come learn all about the process of preparing and assembling our orca skeleton for display. Master articulator, Lee Post (aka “the Boneman”), PTMSC staff and volunteer docents will be on hand to share this unique project and answer all your questions.  Download Open […]

Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity

January 26, 2011 by  
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Tillikum floats alone in his tank at Sea World, Orlando Photo courtesy of The Orca Project In a new study, nearly a year in the making, former SeaWorld trainers Jeffrey Ventre, MD and John Jett, Ph.D, take us deep behind the scenes of Marine parks and their ability to provide environments adequate for keeping killer whales alive in […]

Orca group wearing down their teeth on abrasive shark diet

January 20, 2011 by  
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BY LARRY PYNN, POSTMEDIA NEWS Marine scientists have discovered a mysterious population of killer whales off the B.C. coast that specialize in killing sharks — to the detriment of their teeth. Scientists have long known that resident killer whales — which stick to specific hunting ranges — depend on a diet of fish, especially salmon, […]

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