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Orcas Sink Yacht in
Nov 6, 2023 6:55 PM CST
Orcas Sink Yacht in Halloween Attack
They 'hit the steering fin for 45 minutes, causing major damage and leakage'
- It could be the plot of a horror movie. A group of orcas attacked and sank a yacht in an attack that lasted for almost an hour on Halloween, a tour company says. In a post on Facebook , a Polish tour company said the orcas "hit the steering fin...
When Seattle Phones Ping,
It's a Sign Whales Are Near
Nov 2, 2023 2:34 PM CDT
When Seattle Phones Ping, It's a Sign Whales Are Near
The AP looks at a popular WhatsApp chat group that alerts members to sightings
- Peter Bates was dropping his car at the mechanic this month when a notification pinged on his phone: Killer whales were approaching his Seattle neighborhood. He hopped on a bus toward the water, then an electric bike. He was pedaling along a shoreline trail when orcas' black fins and white...
Orca, 57, Died From
Old Age, Chronic Illnesses
Oct 17, 2023 6:03 PM CDT
Orca, 57, Died From Old Age, Chronic Illnesses
Plans had been underway to return Lolita to her native waters from the Miami Seaquarium
- Lolita, an orca whale held captive for more than a half-century, died from old age and multiple chronic illnesses, according to a report released Tuesday by the Miami Seaquarium. Lolita—also known as Tokitae, or Toki—died Aug. 18 at age 57. The veterinarian who conducted the necropsy found that...
Orcas Killed Its Mother.
Rescuers Were on Hand
Sep 20, 2023 4:39 PM CDT
Orcas Killed Its Mother. Rescuers Were on Hand
Newborn otter rescued from the waters off Homer, Alaska
- An otter pup may have some well-placed wildlife response members to thank for its survival. CBS News reports Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) lab tech Natalie Hunter was fishing with friends who also have wildlife response backgrounds on Sept. 9 when they saw a "commotion" in the water near Homer:...
Older Orca Moms
Defend Sons in Fights
Jul 30, 2023 12:00 PM CDT
Older Orca Moms Defend Sons in Fights
Males have less injuries in the presence of mothers, even after moms' menopause
- Orca moms look after their sons for a surprisingly long time, a new study suggests. Researchers from the UK's University of Exeter found that killer whales who have passed through menopause will defend their adult male offspring in fights, though they don't appear to provide the same protection...
These Sea Mammals
Can Never Live on Land Again
Jul 23, 2023 2:45 PM CDT
These Sea Mammals Can Never Live on Land Again
New study is good news for anyone fearing the orcas are coming for their cars, too
- Anyone surprised by recent news of orcas attacking boats might be relieved to know that scientists have determined these massive mammals have evolved to the point where they can never migrate back to land. The same applies to all whales and dolphins, and, in fact, all "fully aquatic" mammals,...
Aggressive Orcas Set Their
Sights on Elite Yacht Race
Jun 24, 2023 9:00 AM CDT
Aggressive Orcas Set Their Sights on Elite Yacht Race
Pod of killer whales goes after boats taking part in around-the-world Ocean Race near Spain
- A pod of killer whales bumped one of the boats in an endurance sailing race as it approached the Strait of Gibraltar, the latest encounter in what researchers say is a growing trend of sometimes-aggressive interactions with Iberian orcas. The 15-minute run-in with at least three of the giant mammals...
In a First, Orcas
Stalk Boat to Port
in case you missed it
Jun 11, 2023 6:40 AM CDT
In a First, Orcas Stalk Boat to Port
Killer whales disabled, followed vessel as it was towed back to shore
- It's still unclear why a group of orcas is attacking the rudders of sailboats off the Iberian Peninsula. What is clear is that they're not letting up. There were 20 incidents in the Strait of Gibraltar in the month of May, per the Independent . And in one case,...
Endangered Orcas May
Have Learned to Target Boats
May 25, 2023 2:15 AM CDT
Endangered Orcas May Have Learned to Target Boats
Is it for fun? Or is it 'based on trauma'?
- Scientists say a small group of killer whales could be putting humans and themselves in danger by repeatedly ramming, and occasionally sinking, sailboats. Orcas interacting with boats is nothing new. But scientists say there is something different about the behavior of this group of about 15 orcas off the coast...
53 Years Ago,
Is Going Home
Mar 30, 2023 1:58 PM CDT
Captured 53 Years Ago, This Orca Is Going Home
Miami Seaquarium working on arrangements to return 'Lolita' to Puget Sound
- She was captured in the waters of Puget Sound in 1970 at age 4. More than a half-century later, plans are underway to return the orca known as Lolita to those same waters, reports the
. The killer whale has been held all this time at the Miami Seaquarium,...
Orca Who Swam Alone in Her
Tank for a Decade Has Died
Mar 15, 2023 2:38 PM CDT
Orca Who Swam Alone in Her Tank for a Decade Has Died
Kiska was captured alongside Keiko of 'Free Willy' fame
- Kiska, Canada’s last captive orca who swam alone in her tank at Marineland theme park for more than a decade, has died. Brent Ross, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Solicitor General in Ontario that oversees animal welfare in the province, said Monday that the theme park in...
Dead Sharks on a Beach
Were Missing Their Livers
Mar 7, 2023 4:45 PM CST
Dead Sharks on a Beach Were Missing Their Livers
The orcas Port and Starboard are the suspected killers
- First Cocaine Bear, now Disemboweling Orcas? The former may be fiction, but marine biologists say the second are all too real and recently attacked a group of sharks off South Africa.
The gory details.
Twenty dead sharks—19 broad nosed seven-gill and one spotted gully, all females measuring up to
Scientists Surprised to Learn
Whales Use 'Vocal Fry'
Mar 3, 2023 11:54 AM CST
Scientists Surprised to Learn Whales Use 'Vocal Fry'
The marine mammals use it to help them find prey deep underwater
- That low, rattling vocal register known as vocal fry—the
points to Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry as two examples of celebrities who have such gravelly voices—has proven a polarizing topic, with some insisting it's sexy, while others call it grating. But while the appeal of...
Mama Orca Adopted Baby
Pilot Whale, a First
Feb 26, 2023 10:10 AM CST
Mama Orca Adopted Baby Pilot Whale, a First
But the story may not be as cuddly as it appears on the surface
- Researchers studying killer whales near Iceland spotted an unusual thing: An adult female orca was acting like a mother to a baby pilot whale. In fact, "unusual" is an understatement—it's the first such case on record, reports Insider . The young pilot whale was swimming right along side...
Orca Moms Pay Steep
Price for Their Adult Sons
Feb 9, 2023 12:08 PM CST
Orca Moms Pay Steep Price for Their Adult Sons
They continue to provide food all through life, and the behavior takes a toll on the mothers
- Researchers studying orcas have made a remarkable discovery about the relationship between females and their male offspring. It seems that mother orcas continue to feed their sons well into adulthood to help them survive, and the mothers do this at great sacrifice to themselves, reports the BBC . The study in...
Forever Chemicals Invade
Orcas—and Their Fetuses
Jan 15, 2023 6:00 AM CST
Forever Chemicals Invade Orcas—and Their Fetuses
'We need to think about how this could affect our health,' says researcher
- Researchers say they're "shocked and saddened" to have discovered toxic chemicals, including "forever chemicals," in the bodies of killer whales, including endangered southern resident orcas, whose population decline could be a direct result. Scientists from the University of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and BC'...
Orcas Keep Damaging Boats,
and Theories Are Interesting
Aug 23, 2022 10:10 AM CDT
Orcas Keep Damaging Boats, and Theories Are Interesting
It might be a 'fad,' or a case of young males who like propellers
- The word is out among boaters along the coasts of European countries: Look out for orcas. For more than a year now, killer whales have been regularly causing trouble for boaters near France, Spain, Portugal, and elsewhere, reports NPR . Nobody has been injured, but the same can't be said...
Orcas Can Kill the
Largest Animal on Earth
in case you missed it
Feb 5, 2022 12:35 PM CST
Orcas Can Kill the Largest Animal on Earth
Scientists for the first time witness an orca pod kill a blue whale
- It turns out the largest animal on the planet has a predator. Scientists have confirmed that a pod of orcas was able to kill and eat an adult blue whale, and what they observed was a gruesome scene. Per a paper published in
Marine Mammal Science
, scientists write that three...
Baby Orca Dies Amid
Huge Search for His Mom
Jul 25, 2021 7:30 AM CDT
Baby Orca Dies Amid Huge Search for His Mom
Toa captured hearts in New Zealand
- "Toa passed quickly, surrounded by love, with his last days made as comfortable as possible." Such is the somber conclusion of a story out of New Zealand, where conservationists tried and failed to save the life of a baby orca found separated from his mother. The
Sep 15, 2020 1:49 PM CDT
Orcas Are Acting 'Crazy' Off Spain
'I thought they could capsize the boat'
- Orcas are curious mammals who sometimes play with boats. But playing doesn’t quite describe what endangered pods have been doing in the Strait of Gibraltar, a major shipping route, this summer. Boaters say hard-hitting whales have spun their vessels up to 180 degrees and caused extensive damage. For more...
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