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Orcas News

'Blackfish' doc inspires legislation to ban orca shows in Calif.

Los Angeles - In another blow for SeaWorld, a state lawmaker introduced new legislation that would ban the use of killer whales during performances in California.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Best achievements in cetacean advocacy for 2013

The documentary Blackfish certainly made it the year of the orca, but there were several other notable achievements for cetaceans in 2013. These are the accomplishments voted on by advocates themselves.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Sources hinting new orca calf born at Marineland France is inbred

Antibes - Marineland France celebrated the birth of a new orca on Nov. 20, or did they? While a 12-year-old female orca named Wikie definitely delivered a calf, there has been no big announcement of the birth.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Killer whale integrated back to her pod in 2002, now gives birth

A killer whale called Springer is the first to have been captured and released and subsequently given birth in the wild. She was spotted with a calf on July 4 by biologist Graeme Ellis near Bella Bella on B.C.'s northern coast.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

Tilikum talks — Orca's story told in book and film

With both David Kirby's book -- Death At SeaWorld debuting in paperback, and the documentary 'Blackfish' opening across US and UK theatres, July is looking to become Tilikum's month.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Op-Ed: Sea monster found off New Zealand

Sydney - Another day, another monster? Not quite, this time. A large aquatic animal, apparently carnivorous, has washed up in New Zealand. The body is badly decomposed, and suggests a crocodilian head with a twin fin tail.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Orcas versus sperm whale caught on film

A recent photo expedition off Sri Lanka produced more than just photos of blue whales. Instead, there was a sighting of killer whales assaulting sperm whales.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 1 comment

Inuit people, Mother Nature provide freedom for trapped whales Special

Quebec - Residents of the small Canadian town of Inukjuak, Quebec are responding to the plight of eleven killer whales trapped under the ice in Hudson Bay.
Digital Journal Report by Greta McClain - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Frontline’s 'A Whale Of A Business' finally airs on YouTube Special

It's been 15 years since the documentary was first released in November 1997, but it is still considered one of the most telling exposures of the captive marine mammal industry.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 5 comments

Could a dog named Tucker be the Orca's best chance at survival?

Seattle - Killer whales, also known as Orca whales, are not doing very well in Puget Sound. In fact, in 2005 they were added to the endangered species list. There's hope however in the form of a black lab mix who's helping researchers try and save the whales.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment
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Killer whales (Orcinus orca)  commonly called orcas  belong to the oceanic dolphin family.
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Why would anyone want to take Orcas off the endangered species list?

Conservationists put out the call for petition signatures to keep killer whales protected. Author David Kirby (Death...
Jan 27, 2013 by Shari Tarantino - 4 comments

Deconstructing the latest challenge to ESA listing for Puget Sound’s endangered orcas

Orca Conservancy feels compelled to respond to the recent petition by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) on behalf of a...
Jan 2, 2013 by Shari Tarantino
 

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