killer whales http://kplu.org en 6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets http://kplu.org/post/6-orcas-identified-west-seattle-sun-sets <p></p><p>More than a dozen killer whales swimming past West Seattle gave residents a spectacular sight Monday as the sun set.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:02:06 +0000 The Associated Press 6653 at http://kplu.org 6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets Seattle researcher uses DNA to fight ivory trade, protect elephants http://kplu.org/post/fighting-illegal-ivory-trade-seattle-0 <p>Ivory, it’s that beautiful creamy white, sometimes even pinkish tooth&nbsp;that can only be had by killing an elephant. Now, A researcher at the&nbsp;University of Washington is helping to put a dent in the illegal ivory trade in Africa. His name is<a href="http://conservationbiology.net/"> Sam Wasser</a> and he is the director of the&nbsp;center for conservation biology at the University of Washington.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 06:21:53 +0000 Jennifer Wing 6622 at http://kplu.org Seattle researcher uses DNA to fight ivory trade, protect elephants Survival of male orcas depends on older females, study shows http://kplu.org/post/survival-male-orcas-depends-older-females-study-shows <p>Researchers in the San Juan Islands say the survival of older female&nbsp;Orcas, after they go through menopause, helps younger males stay alive longer.</p><p>That might not surprise many humans, but scientists well-versed in the behavior of Orca whales say it’s a relatively new conclusion. And, in many species, females don’t live long after the end of their reproductive life.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:32:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6345 at http://kplu.org Survival of male orcas depends on older females, study shows Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/photos-killer-whale-caught-catching-air-puget-sound <p>James Maya, a ship captain and <a href="http://www.mayaswhalewatch.biz/index.php">owner of a whale watching company</a>, took these photos of an orca breaching on Monday off South Beach on San Juan Island.</p><p>He said this was the only whale breach that evening and he just happened to have his camera at the ready. These breaches are not uncommon, he added.</p><blockquote><p>“Sometimes they just go crazy,” he said.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:47:34 +0000 Jake Ellison 6166 at http://kplu.org Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound No fine yet for closing on Puget Sound orcas http://kplu.org/post/no-fine-yet-closing-puget-sound-orcas <p>A boater who was caught by the Coast Guard too close to Puget Sound killer whales won't be penalized, but next &nbsp;summer violators could be fined thousands of dollars.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:59:20 +0000 The Associated Press 5996 at http://kplu.org No fine yet for closing on Puget Sound orcas Newborn orca calf reported in Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/newborn-orca-calf-reported-puget-sound <p>BREMERTON, Wash. &mdash; A newborn orca calf has been reported off the west side of San Juan Island in the Puget Sound.</p><p>The Center for Whale Research reports the new calf was first spotted midday Monday among the adults of J pod, one of three killer whale pods that frequent Puget Sound.</p><p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:53:18 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 5917 at http://kplu.org Newborn orca calf reported in Puget Sound Possible albino killer whale spotted off Russian coast http://kplu.org/post/possible-albino-killer-whale-spotted-russian-coast <p>An all-white orca has been spotted by scientists during a research cruise off the eastern coast of Russia, near the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Commander Islands in the North Pacific, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/albino-killer-whale-spotted-off-russias-eastern-coast/">reports ABC news</a>. The scientists have named the orca Iceberg.</p><p>&ldquo;It is a breathtakingly beautiful animal,&rdquo; Eric Hoyt, one of the scientists, told the AFP. &ldquo;If we can get a full close-up of the eyes and they are pink, it would confirm Iceberg is an albino, but we don&rsquo;t know much about albinism in orcas.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:09:43 +0000 Jake Ellison 4833 at http://kplu.org Possible albino killer whale spotted off Russian coast Mystery surrounds bruised and bloody killer whale carcass http://kplu.org/post/mystery-surrounds-bruised-and-bloody-killer-whale-carcass <p>The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Wash., this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death.</p><p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:18:00 +0000 Tom Banse 4150 at http://kplu.org Mystery surrounds bruised and bloody killer whale carcass Researchers on hunt for killer whales' winter hideout http://kplu.org/post/researchers-hunt-killer-whales-winter-hideout This week , federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new homeport in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter?<p>Every winter, the three pods of orca whales that call Northwest waters home just disappear into the wild blue yonder. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:02:38 +0000 Tom Banse 4135 at http://kplu.org Researchers on hunt for killer whales' winter hideout Whale activists sue to free killer whale 'Lolita' from captivity http://kplu.org/post/whale-activists-sue-free-killer-whale-lolita-captivity <p>Supporters have offered $1 million for her release. Annual demonstrations have demanded her return to the Northwest.</p><p>Over the years, celebrities, schoolchildren and even a Washington state governor have campaigned to free Lolita, a killer whale captured from Puget Sound in 1970 and who has performed at Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:09:03 +0000 The Associated Press 3339 at http://kplu.org Whale activists sue to free killer whale 'Lolita' from captivity Killer whales near Alaska village, appear stressed http://kplu.org/post/killer-whales-near-alaska-village-appear-stressed <p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska &mdash; Three killer whales have made an unusual trek up the Nushagak River in southwest Alaska.</p><p>NOAA Fisheries-Alaska region spokeswoman Julie Speegle says residents have seen killer whales at the mouth of the river, but never this far upriver.</p><p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:45:45 +0000 The Associated Press 2831 at http://kplu.org Killer whales near Alaska village, appear stressed Iconic killer whale is missing http://kplu.org/post/iconic-killer-whale-missing <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955533.mp3</p><p>The oldest and perhaps most-recognizable of the local killer whales is missing and researchers fear he may have died over the winter.</p><p>The orca known to researchers as J-1 was last seen on November 21<sup>st</sup> near Victoria, B.C. <a href="http://www.whale-museum.org/programs/orcadoption/whalelist.html">Also known as &ldquo;Ruffles,&rdquo; for the wavy edge to his distinctive six-foot-tall dorsal fin</a>, J-1 was believed to be about 60 years old. He was one of the first <a href="http://www.whaleresearch.com/orca_ID.html">individual orcas to be identified by researchers</a> in the early 19-70s.</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:39:58 +0000 Liam Moriarty 917 at http://kplu.org Iconic killer whale is missing Endangered whales need endangered salmon http://kplu.org/post/endangered-whales-need-endangered-salmon <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952205.mp3</p><p>We’ve known for a long time that killer whales eat salmon. But new findings suggest that<a href="http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Marine-Mammals/Whales-Dolphins-Porpoise/Killer-Whales/ESA-Status/upload/KW-Chnk-analysis.pdf"> local orcas rely on salmon – specifically, adult <u>Chinook</u> salmon – more than previously thought</a>. So now fisheries managers are having to ask themselves: What happens when endangered whales depend on endangered fish?</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:44:39 +0000 Liam Moriarty 783 at http://kplu.org Endangered whales need endangered salmon