Coming in the wake of recent efforts to end the cruel practice of captivity for whales, dolphins, and porpoises in North America, a bill currently in Canada’s Senate, S-203 (the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act), would phase out captivity of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the entire country, with the exception of rescue and rehabilitation to return them to the wild.
For Southern Resident orcas, it all comes back to the salmon
Even while we were busy absorbing information and networking at last month’s Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference, the world went on without us (shocking!) and a couple important news stories broke about the
The Center for Whale Research (CWR) made the sad determination yesterday that 2-year old Sonic (J52) is now deceased. This is the second death for the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population this year, after a summer in which they were
Georgia Aquarium recently announced the pregnancy of a young beluga whale held at their facility. Qinu, just shy of 10 years old, was born in 2008 at SeaWorld San Antonio, and is expected to give birth to her first calf in late fall. The last beluga calf born at the Georgia Aquarium died after less than a month, and
Orca Awareness Month 2017
Southern Resident orcas spend a lot of their time in the winter and spring months off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, foraging for their favorite prey – Chinook salmon - from the great salmon rivers of the West Coast. Sadly, these salmon populations have been declining since major settlem