February 25th, 2015 (Megan Wildhood). After years as a loner adrift in his own world, Ken (Balcomb) had finally found a peer group and a mission,” writes Joshua Horwitz in his new book. Balcomb was the first to do in-depth studies of the various pods of orca whales that live in Washington’s Puget Sound. “(His) and Michael Bigg’s (of the Humane Society) research offered the first science-based understanding of orca behavior and communication, and an appreciation of a mammal group whose social complexity equaled that of elephants and great apes,” Horwtiz writes. Read More…
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. A great-great grandfather of the hippopotamus likely swam from Asia to Africa some 35 million years ago, long before the arrival of the lion, rhino, zebra and giraffe, researchers said Tuesday. Read More…
February 23th, 2015. SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it intends to expand critical habitat protections along the West Coast for endangered “Southern Resident” killer whales. The finding, which says a decision will be made in 2017, comes in response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. Read More…
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February 21st, 2015. Saving our region’s salmon is key to helping Puget Sound’s endangered resident killer whales….
OUR salmon and orcas are at a crossroads. Puget Sound’s resident killer whale population could be headed toward extinction, and saving our region’s salmon — a critical and sharply declining food source for our whales — may be the only way to save these Northwest icons. Read More…
February 21st, 2015. A humpback whale spotted off Kona last week has been successfully freed of life-threatening gauge line.
But it wasn’t easy for the rescue team of 11 to catch the 45-feet long marine mammal out in the open ocean.
The entangled whale was first spotted on Feb. 13, heading up the Hamakua coastline 45 miles northwest of Hilo. Due to lack of standby support, the remote location and poor weather and sea conditions, officials could not immediately respond. Read More…
February 19th, 2015. “It was an epic day on the water, what any whale watcher hopes for,” reports Naturalist Heather MacIntyre of Legacy Charters on San Juan Island. “We saw both of the newest Southern Resident orca calves. The wide range of behavior, from spunky J50 porpoising to J51 nursing, truly gives us hope.”
Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) crews observed the the two newest members of Jpod in Trincomali Channel north of Active Pass in British Columbia on February 19. Read More…
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February 19th, 2015. The Department of Conservation is urging the public to report any dead whales found after last weekend’s mass stranding on Farewell Spit.
A total 198 whales were first found stranded last Friday. Of those, 66 were finally successfully refloated on Saturday by DOC staff and Project Jonah and other volunteers, and swam away. DOC rangers have tethered 121 dead whales using anchors and rope in the tidal area off Farewell Spit to decompose naturally. DOC Takaka senior ranger Hans Stoffregen said 11 whales were still unaccounted for and dead whales could still turn up, including some that might have died since being refloated. Read More…
February 18th, 2015. According to a news release from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Cory James M., 23, and Cade Ryan M., 18, pleaded guilty to taking a marine mammal in United States waters on Feb. 17, 2015, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin. Read More…
February 18th, 2015. LUCENA CITY — A giant sperm whale that was stranded near a coastal village in Calauag, Quezon, on Tuesday died early morning Wednesday, a provincial environment official said.
Manny Calayag, community coordinator of the Quezon-Environment and Natural Resources Office (Quezon-Enro), said the whale died at about 7:30 a.m. in the shallow portion of Lamon Bay near the coast of Barangay Bangkorohan. Read More…
February 17th, 2015 (Carolyn Lucas-Zenk). Marine experts are tracking an adult humpback whale spotted off Hawaii Island with its tail wrapped in several hundred feet of strong synthetic line and dragging a big red balloon buoy. Read More…
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