orcas http://kplu.org en This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other http://kplu.org/post/what-puget-sound-orcas-sound-when-they-talk-each-other <p>Ever hear an orca speak?&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale&nbsp;conservation, captured their chatter using a hydrophone on San Juan Island:&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:10:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17421 at http://kplu.org This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle http://kplu.org/post/decade-research-reveals-iconic-orcas-struggle <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals and prefer to eat Chinook salmon.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Associated Press 17387 at http://kplu.org Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle Feds Weigh Protecting Orcas In West Coast Waters http://kplu.org/post/feds-weigh-protecting-orcas-west-coast-waters <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>NOAA Fisheries said Thursday it would consider a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to expand the critical habitat for southern resident killer whales.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:07:54 +0000 The Associated Press 16259 at http://kplu.org Feds Weigh Protecting Orcas In West Coast Waters Group: Protect Orcas In West Coast Waters http://kplu.org/post/group-protect-orcas-west-coast-waters <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A conservation group is asking federal officials to protect endangered killer whales in the marine waters off the West Coast.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate critical habitat for orcas along the coast of Washington, Oregon and California.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:43:01 +0000 The Associated Press 12665 at http://kplu.org Group: Protect Orcas In West Coast Waters Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound near Seattle http://kplu.org/post/orcas-spotted-puget-sound-near-seattle <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Whale spotters say dozens of killer whales are still in Puget Sound where they have been seen by ferry passengers as well as people on shore.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:02:39 +0000 The Associated Press 10728 at http://kplu.org Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound near Seattle San Juan Island Park Offers World-Class Whale Watching http://kplu.org/post/san-juan-island-park-offers-world-class-whale-watching <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you think of going whale watching, you probably envision taking a boat. But there’s a place on San Juan Island that’s considered one of the best places in the world to see killer whales from shore.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 9692 at http://kplu.org San Juan Island Park Offers World-Class Whale Watching Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected http://kplu.org/post/puget-sound-orcas-remain-protected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The charismatic black and white killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act.</p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has rejected a call to de-list resident orcas.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:06:12 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9510 at http://kplu.org Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected Orca Snags Angler's Big Catch Right Off the Line http://kplu.org/post/orca-snags-anglers-big-catch-right-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve ever gone fishing, then you probably know what it feels like to catch a big one only to lose it as you reel it in.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Friday Harbor man recently had this experience, but there’s much more to this whale of a tale.</span></p><p>Kevin Klein and his fishing companion were out on the water on July 13, in the deep waters of Harro Strait, between San Juan and Vancouver islands. &nbsp;</p><p>They were on the hunt for a big King Salmon so they could take home the $5,000 prize for the Bellingham Salmon Derby.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 9427 at http://kplu.org Orca Snags Angler's Big Catch Right Off the Line