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Captive Orca Nakai Dies at SeaWorld San Diego

credit: SeaWorld San Diego An orca has died while in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego....
A fluke of a North Atlantic right whale lifts out of the water

Federal Proposal Aims to Protect Endangered Right Whales From Ship Strikes

For Immediate Release, July 29, 2022 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a rule...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...
North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

Update on Snow Cone – Critically Endangered Right Whale Who Gave Birth Despite Chronic Entanglement

July 2022 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has reported that Snow Cone was spotted on...

Legal Action on Proposed Pipeline Expansion in Orca Critical Habitat

Although Canada recently took steps to stop the construction of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia (BC), last month they approved a different proposed pipeline expansion from Kinder Morgan.  The Trans Mountain pipeline would significantly increase shipping traffic and underwater noise within critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca community, in addition to the potential habitat and ecosystem effects of pipeline construction and the increase in risk of a major oil spill. 

Several legal challenges to the National Energy Board’s recommendation to allow the pipeline expansion to proceed have already been filed, including one from environmental groups concerning the Southern Resident orcas and their habitat.  This unique orca population is down to just 83 members and is threatened by vessel effects (noise, traffic, and harassment), toxic pollution, and prey depletion.