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January 2013 / Killer Whales Trapped in Quebec Ice

What a crazy couple of days . . . January 8 – 10, 2013. What started out as a small bleep, and appearing as a video on the Internet, quickly grew into a large, and very well covered event with social media leading the way. A pod of approximately 12 killer whales had become trapped in the ice in Hudson Bay, Quebec. And all of them were now taking turns at getting a breath of air from a hole in the ice that was getting smaller by the hour. Inukjuak, Quebec… a small remote town accessible only by plane, with…

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VIDEO: Seattle Local News – Whale groups want to name orca after Sandy Hook victim

SEATTLE: King5News Local whale advocacy groups are putting a call out to name the next baby orca born in Washington after one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LET’S NAME THE NEXT BABY ORCA “JESSICA”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Harris (206) 465-6692 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 "Jessica will never realize her dream of owning her very own horse. But she did realize others. After watching 'Free Wily' last year, she became fascinated with orca whales. She researched them and dreamed of seeing one with her own eyes…" LET'S NAME THE NEXT BABY ORCA "JESSICA" Orca Conservancy, Free Willy-Keiko Foundation and the Pacific Whale Watch Association Urge Special Honor for Newtown, CT Victim As the public begins to learn more about the 26 children and educators who lost their lives in the…

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Russian Whales Caught Up In U.S. Debate On Ethics Of Captivity

(AUDIO available under NC102921 & NC102511 & NC102904 & NC102922/23)  (INTRO) A request by some of the United States' biggest oceanariums to import 18 beluga whales from Russia has set off a stormy public debate over the legality and ethics of wild-animal captures for science and entertainment. If they're transferred, the animals would become the first marine mammals (eds: includes seals and sea lions, whales and dolphins, walruses, etc.) caught in the wild and put on display in the United States in nearly two decades (sin ce 1993). But opponents are determined not to let that happen. RFE/RL's Andy Heil…

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Which Do You Choose?

Which Do You Choose?

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ESA File

ORCA CONSERVANCY –– THE ESA FILE THE ESA FILE Meanwhile, from the Bush Administration…… It was late May 2003, just weeks away from the long-awaited and highly publicized rescue of the orphaned orca A73, or Springer, a project that Orca Conservancy initiated and helped source the funds to make happen. For months, it seemed all of the Pacific Northwepage 2ast was standing shoulder to shoulder. But we’’d soon get a bucket of cold water tossed in our faces –– our Petition to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the Southern Resident orcas of Puget Sound as ““Endangered”” under the ESA…

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Shouka Moves from a Life of Solitary Confinement

August 20, 2012 Shouka Moves from a life of Solitary Confinement Late last night Shouka was moved from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to SeaWorld San Diego. And, over the past two years, Wendy Brunot and Vicky Bailey have invested an endless amount of time of persistent dedication; tenacity and self-sacrifice. All their hard work, ultimately, was the push needed that not only brought attention to Shouka's predicament, but was enough to help change her situation to a better one. Orca Conservancy is aware and whole-heartedly believes that captivity is not the answer. But we also realize that each and every…

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Baby Wild Films Presents: The Killer Whale People

This is a segment from the nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning 1999 special, "Baby Wild Films Presents: The Killer Whale People," hosted by Heart's Nancy Wilson.  It features for the first time in a television broadcast the complete restored color 16mm film of the Penn Cove orca roundup of August 1970 in which seven presumably Southern Resident orcas were taken, including Lolita, and as many as four drowned in the nets.  The special also features the first-ever TV interview with diver John Crowe, who worked on the Penn Cove capture and was in charge of secretly disposing the carcasses of the…

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Animals Petition: Shouka, the killer whale, needs a companion | Change.org

Shouka, the killer whale, needs a companion via Animals Petition: Shouka, the killer whale, needs a companion | Change.org. By: Wendy Brunot In 1979, a memorandum of agreement was signed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (F&WS). Under this agreement, Animal Welfare Act (AWA) standards and regulations were acknowledged to be the evaluation criteria for captive care and maintenance requirements for marine mammals and APHIS was designated to provide the inspection and enforcement workforce to implement the regulations. Section 3.109 of the Animal Welfare…

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The Luna File

THE LUNA FILE is a chronological archive of media reports, updates, commentary and journal notes on the sad saga of the wrongway Southern Resident orca L98, also known as Luna -- or Tsux'iit (soo-keet) to the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation. The following is a chronicle of a juvie whale gone solo in Nootka Sound, BC, and Orca Conservancy's three-year battle to keep him safe and to engage the entire community to find a timely and respectful way to reconnect him with his endangered orca family in Puget Sound.  It's a tale with many turns, but in the end, an avoidable tragedy.…

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