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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...
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,...
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'...
Dec 7, 2020 10:50 AM CST
Clever Pilot Whales Fool Their Rivals
Study suggests they mimic killer whales
- Pilot whales in southern Australia appear to have developed a nifty technique for fooling rival killer whales—they pretend they're killer whales themselves. Researchers studied the calls of long-finned pilot whales in the region and found that the creatures mimic their larger rivals, reports ScienceDaily . In their study at...
Out of Mama Orca's
Tragedy, New Joy
Sep 7, 2020 1:23 AM CDT
Out of Mama Orca's Tragedy, New Joy
J35, who carried her dead calf for 17 days in 2018, has a new calf
- Tahlequah—or J35, as she is also known—the orca who heartbreakingly carried her dead calf for 17 days in 2018 , is a mom once again. She was discovered to be pregnant in July, and gave birth Friday. Researchers say the new calf appears to be "healthy and precocious"...
A Glimmer of Hope for Orca
Who Carried Dead Calf
Jul 28, 2020 8:31 AM CDT
A Glimmer of Hope for Orca Who Carried Dead Calf
Tahlequah is pregnant again, though it's too soon to celebrate
- The orca who carried the body of her dead calf for 17 days over 1,000 miles may get another shot at motherhood. Tahlequah was found to be pregnant during a recent study of the body condition of critically endangered southern resident orcas off the Northwest coast. John Durban of...
In the World of Orcas,
Grandmothers Are Key
Dec 10, 2019 8:37 AM CST
In the World of Orcas, Grandmothers Are Key
They help calves survive, especially when food is scarce, says new study
- Researchers studying killer whales have made a discovery unusual in the animal kingdom: Grandmothers rock. That is, older female orcas make a big difference when it comes to the survival of their grandchild calves, according to the study in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
. Orcas are one...
SeaWorld Just Lost
Jan 28, 2019 6:00 PM CST
SeaWorld Just Lost Another Orca
Kayla, 30, died after a brief illness at the theme park's Orlando location
- A 30-year-old orca died Monday at SeaWorld's Orlando park after a brief illness, company officials say. A cause of death won't be known until a post-mortem examination is conducted, per SeaWorld. Kayla began showing signs of discomfort on Saturday, and veterinarians began treating her based on what they...
Months After a Sad Loss,
New Hope for Orcas
Jan 18, 2019 8:58 AM CST
Months After a Sad Loss, New Hope for Orcas
A calf arrives, though odds of survival aren't good
- Welcome L124 or "Lucky"—a new calf spotted among the struggling southern resident orca population. The 75th member of the group, perhaps up to a month old, appears happy and healthy following its first sighting at the north end of Puget Sound in Washington state on Jan. 11,...
Study Gives Bleakest of
Outlooks for Killer Whales
Sep 28, 2018 9:31 AM CDT
Study Gives Bleakest of Outlooks for Killer Whales
Study finds extremely high levels of PCBs in some orcas
- It's less killer whale and more killed whales, at least according to a new study that found at least half the world's orcas could be taken down by ocean pollution in just a few decades. The culprit: highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. "Despite a near-global ban...
'I Can't Believe' She Is
Still Carrying Her Dead Calf
Aug 9, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
'I Can't Believe' She Is Still Carrying Her Dead Calf
Worried another orca, J50, has days to live, officials may intervene
- Scientists have been unable to determine how an endangered orca calf died because—as of Wednesday, 16 days later—its mother still won't let it go. "I am sobbing ... absolutely shocked and heartbroken," researcher Deborah Giles tells the
. "I can't believe she is...
Orca Mourning Her Calf
Gets Some Relief
Aug 3, 2018 7:19 AM CDT
Orca Mourning Her Calf Gets Some Relief
Orcas are taking turns carrying corpse into 10th day
- An orca who spent more than a week carrying her calf following its July 24 death now has some help. Other orcas in the pod swimming through Pacific Northwest waters near the US-Canada border are taking turns carrying the corpse after the effort caused the 20-year-old mother known as J35...
A 'Gut-Wrenching' Mother's
Grief in the Puget Sound
Jul 27, 2018 12:45 PM CDT
A 'Gut-Wrenching' Mother's Grief in the Puget Sound
Orca won't let go of her calf, who died shortly after being born Tuesday off the Washington coast
- What's being described as a "gut-wrenching" scene is playing out in Puget Sound, and it's been going on for at least three days. The
reports on J35, an orca who gave birth on Tuesday only to witness her calf die 30 minutes later—and she'...
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