orcas

Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

Orcas are fearsome predators that have taken on everything from blue whales to great white sharks.  But one humpback whale named Valiant was able to turn the table on the aptly-named killer whales in an incident observed by whale watchers off of Canada’s Vancouver Island April 12.  “There’s something happening in front of us that […]

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    Keeping Large Mammals Captive Damages Their Brains

    Keeping Large Mammals Captive Damages Their Brains

    By Bob Jacobs Hanako, a female Asian elephant, lived in a tiny concrete enclosure at Japan’s Inokashira Park Zoo for more than 60 years, often in chains, with no stimulation. In the wild, elephants live in herds, with close family ties. Hanako was solitary for the last decade of her life. Kiska, a young female […]

    Why Are Orcas Ramming Boats in Spain?

    Why Are Orcas Ramming Boats in Spain?

    Killer whales have been ramming yachts and boats off the coast of Northern Spain and researchers are puzzled by their behavior. In several attacks over the last couple of months, orcas have damaged boats and injured sailors, according to The Guardian. One sailor said that the attacks felt orchestrated, while another described it as if […]

    3 Southern Resident Orcas Missing, Presumed Dead

    3 Southern Resident Orcas Missing, Presumed Dead

    The extremely endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales off the coast of Washington and British Columbia fell to 73 after 3 orcas went missing, the Center for Whale Research said in a statement. The Washington state-based research center takes an annual survey of the killer whale population from the extremely endangered pods that once […]

    Canada Passes ‘Free Willy’ Bill Banning Whale and Dolphin Captivity

    Canada Passes ‘Free Willy’ Bill Banning Whale and Dolphin Captivity

    By the end of June, it will be illegal to keep whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. The so-called “Free Willy” bill passed the Canadian House of Commons by an overwhelming majority Monday, CBS News reported. It now must pass through a process called “royal assent” in which either […]

    New Orca Calf Born to Ailing Southern Resident Orcas

    New Orca Calf Born to Ailing Southern Resident Orcas

    Is there hope for the critically endangered orcas that travel the waters between Seattle and BC, Canada? The southern resident killer whales have added a new member to their shrinking numbers: a baby that Center for Whale Research (CWR) Founding Director Ken Balcomb has named Lucky. Balcomb confirmed the calf’s birth with to The Seattle […]