SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas has just announced the birth of another orca calf.
Theories around why female orcas, like humans, go through the menopause have now been confirmed, after the release of a report detailing years of study led by Prof Darren Croft from the University of Exeter.
According to a draft order from the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, an orca ecotype known as Bigg’s (or transient) orcas, who roam across vast areas in the waters of Russia’s Far East will be given their own entry in the Russian Red Book – a document that lists rare and endangered species.
It appears that we humans may not be the only ones that care about the welfare of others creatures. Global data being analysed by scientists seems to suggest that humpback whales are making a conscious effort to rescue other species, like seals, from attacks by orcas.
Although more scientific study needs to be done, there are now numerous reports of this kind of selfless activity by humpback whales.
Last month WDC headed back up to the very north of Scotland to participate in the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness.
The event, run in conjunction with the SeaWatch Foundation, is now in its 5th year and once again rewarded the hardy team of spotters on the ferry, cliffs and headlands with some incredible sightings.
Two orcas sighted back in March off the coast of western Iceland have been seen this week in northern Scotland.
Rob Lott, WDC's orca expert, along with Icelandic colleague Baldur Thorvaldsson, photographed a whale known as 993 (below) alongside another orca, IS408 on March 4th. Yesterday, local wildlife enthusiast, Karen Munro, captured images of the two whales amongst a group of other orcas including a new calf, off Duncansby Head, near John o' Groats, having completed a journey of around 1000 miles.