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East Pacific Ocean Orca Ecotypes

This exploration of orca ecotypes is a guest post from our friends and colleagues Paul Spong and Helena Symonds at OrcaLab. They say, “You are what you eat”.  Nothing could be truer for orcas.  The choice of and the availability of specific foods define the different ecotypes of orcas found throughout the world’s oceans.  Three…

Another new baby seen in J pod

Researchers from the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island had the chance observe J pod of the Southern Residents today as they moved back into inland waters after spending a couple weeks out near the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  They were able to check in on J50, the youngster…

Journey to the Ross Sea #4

The day finally dawned that many passengers had been looking forward to for months, years and for some – me included – a lifetime as we boarded the Ortelius, the mother ship and our Ark for the next 30 days and 30 nights. Ahead of us lay the 2,500 mile journey to the Ross Sea…

A sad day for a dolphin from Hong Kong

As most people are aware, the past few weeks have been touch and go for an injured Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (since named “Hope”) residing in the waters off of Hong Kong Island. The dolphin was spotted with serious cuts to its tail that some thought were inhibiting its natural behaviour and were unlikely to heal…

Another Little Mystery Solved !

Hi Everyone, There has been a few days of pretty good dolphin activity (for this time of year) with around a dozen or so local, well known individuals including our own Sundance and Mischief coming in and out of the Chanonry Narrows searching for food. In amongst the adult dolphins has been one of my…

Is this dolphin family doomed?

Wave was one of the matriachs of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. She was born about 1992 and had the first (Bronny, a male) of her six calves in 2002. Her second calf (Ripple, a female) was born in 2006. Her last three calves all died and Wave disappeared after the death of her last calf…