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New population estimate deal another blow to critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

A new population estimate released by the New England Aquarium indicates the population of North...
Southern Resident Orcas

Northwest elected leaders to assess breaching the Snake River dams

Southern Resident orcas need Snake River salmon, and a new announcement from key elected officials...
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Joint response concerning “no apparent shortage of prey for Southern Resident killer whales” in the Salish Sea

October 14, 2021 On October 12, the University of British Columbia (UBC) issued a press...
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Alarming report raises worries for marine mammals held at the Miami Seaquarium

Leonardo Da Silva/Flickr A disturbing report on the conditions at the Miami Seaquarium from the...

Rare white orca returns

Colleagues from the Far East Russian Orca Project (FEROP) have encountered one of the rare white orcas off the Commander Islands, about 100 miles off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The orca, known as Mama Tanya, was last seen in 2010. 

Research indicates that between 5-8 orcas in this population may be white and most are probably true albinos rather than leucistic. This population appears to contain more white orcas than any other, the most famous being a male orca known as Iceberg.

Find out more about white whales and dolphins.