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Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 — Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady Bradshaw, Center for Biological Diversity, (412) 722-9280, [email protected] Maggie Dewane, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0217, [email protected] PORTLAND, ORE — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a…

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Take action for Oregon’s orcas

Just 74 endangered Southern Resident orcas remain and they need your voice to increase protections for them. On February 16th, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will accept public comments on our joint proposal to add Southern Resident orcas to the Oregon Endangered Species List. The listing provides additional opportunities for the State of Oregon…

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Endangered Southern Resident orca calf likely deceased

© Center for Whale Research January 29, 2024 — The Center for Whale Research (CWR) reported that a J pod calf, J60, was missing during a recent observation of the group. It is extremely unlikely that the less than 8-week-old calf was off on its own, away from the pod, and therefore it is likely…

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Whale and Dolphin Conservation endorses the SWIMS Act to phase out whale captivity in the US

January 30, 2024 — On January 30, representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced the Strengthening Welfare in Marine Settings (SWIMS) Act. This important legislation would end the future capture and breeding of orcas, beluga whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales for public display. If…

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Southern Resident orca petition to list them under Oregon Endangered Species Act advanced

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect southern resident orcas under the state Endangered Species Act (ESA). The petition was brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. In the coming months the commission will conduct a public rulemaking process…

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WDC and Conservation Partners Continue to Seek Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

On Friday, April 21st, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine whether the petition submitted earlier this year by WDC and our conservation partners Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity to list the Southern Resident orcas under the Oregon Endangered Species Act presents enough information to move forward with the listing. …

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Orca Found Dead on Florida Beach

Credit: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office On January 11th, a 21-foot-long female orca died after stranding on a beach in Palm Coast, Florida. WDC’s Stranding Coordinator, Sarah McCormack, was in a meeting with rescue, response, and rehabilitation organizations across the country when news broke about this extremely rare occurrence. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,…

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The secrets of orca beach life

Orcas at the seabed

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Cameras allow our partners at OrcaLab to take you right into the orcas’ fascinating, hidden world … Orcas are deeply cultural beings: the ultimate team players, it’s difficult not to admire their devotion…

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A New Calf Provides Hope for Endangered Southern Resident Orcas

Sara Hysong Shimazu (Hysazu Photography) GOOD NEWS – A new baby orca! On March 1st, observers with Washington State-based Center for Whale Research and Orca Behavior Institute were watching members of J pod of the Southern Resident orca community off San Juan Island and spotted a tiny dorsal fin amongst the more familiar orcas.  The…

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