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False killer whale, Kina, dies at Sea Life Park

We’re very sad to share the news that Kina, the false killer whale held at Hawaii’s Sea Life Park, has died unexpectedly this week.  An examination will be performed but the results will not be known for a few months. Kina was the last survivor of Japan’s drive hunts in the U.S.  She was captured…

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5 Year Fight for Critical Habitat for Southern Resident orcas

Orcas off the Olympic Coast of Washington (National Marine Sanctuaries) Expanding critical habitat for Southern Resident orcas was one of the first things I started working on when I joined WDC as the Jessica Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation more than five years ago.  And now, over five years later – it’s here!  Last week,…

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Southern Resident Orca Scat Project: update from the field

Dr. Giles, a scientist with the Orca Scat Project, and CK9 Eba on the scent during a training run Dr. Giles, researcher with the Orca Scat Project, part of the Conservation Canines program with the University of Washington’s Center for Biological Diversity, gives us an update from the field and a recap of what the…

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Three Southern Resident orcas declared dead

The devastating news came late on Tuesday night – three more Southern Resident orcas lost, one from each pod in the highly endangered and dwindling population.  Like many others who work on recovery for the Southern Resident orcas and their home, I have spent my summer nervously dreading this announcement, but steeling myself for the…

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We <3 Whale Poop: WDC providing support for Orca Scat Project

San Juan Island, Washington. July 22, 2019: Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is thrilled to share the news that we are a contributing supporter in 2019 for the Southern Resident Orca Scat Project, a research effort within the University of Washington’s Conservation Canines program.  WDC’s contribution to the program will help support the management and…

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Canada approves pipeline despite concerns for Southern Resident orcas

In extremely disappointing but not unexpected news from Canada last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – a project long opposed by First Nations, coastal communities, and environmental groups in both Canada and the U.S., in addition to the British Columbia provincial government and the state of Washington.…

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Canada outlaws holding whales and dolphins in captivity

It’s official!  Canada’s “Free Willy” bill S-203 has been passed into law, making it illegal to hold whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada.  While the bill incorporates individuals currently held in facilities – now just Marineland Canada in Ontario and the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia (which has already committed to phasing out its…

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Unusual Mortality Event declared for gray whales in Pacific

Gray whale deaths have spiked on the West Coast May 31 2019 – NOAA Fisheries has officially declared that the elevated numbers of gray whale strandings in 2019 on the west coast of North America an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).  Approximately 70 gray whale strandings have been counted in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska as…

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