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New Federal Action Plan For Puget Sound Restoration Leverages Tribal Treaty Rights

New Federal Action Plan For Puget Sound Restoration Leverages Tribal Treaty Rights By BELLAMY PAILTHORP • OCT 19, 2016 Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, announcing major new initiatives for Puget Sound recover in Seattle on October 18, 2016. BELLAMY PAILTHORP / KNKX Efforts to restore and protect Puget Sound are getting a big boost from the Obama administration. Local advocates for that work have long argued that, as one of the nation’s largest and most iconic estuaries, Puget Sound is a national treasure and deserves protections on par with Chesapeake Bay and the…

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Satellite tagging caused northwest orca’s fatal infection

Satellite tagging caused northwest orca's fatal infection by: Siemny Kim Updated: Oct 5, 2016 - 7:21 PM National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a male orca died due to an infection at the site where it had been satellite-tagged. An expert panel says a dart tag deployed on endangered Puget Sound orca 95 by federal biologists was the source of a fungal infection that contributed to its death. NOAA Fisheries on Wednesday released the findings into the death of a L95, who was 20 years old, found dead off Vancouver Island in March. Five weeks before it died, researchers had…

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Tagging point of infection that contributed to orca’s death

FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 18, 2014, a satellite-linked transmitter is visible on the dorsal fin of L87, an orca from the southern resident group of killer whales, while swimming in Puget Sound west of Seattle. Federal biologists temporarily halted the satellite tagging program after another endangered Puget Sound orca was found dead, with pieces of a dart tag lodged in its fin. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, an expert panel said a dart tag deployed on the whale by federal biologists was the source of a fungal infection that contributed to its death. Tagging point of…

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Humpback Whales Tussle with Orcas off Sooke Coast

Humpback whales save sea lion from orcas off Sooke coast KATIE DEROSA / TIMES COLONIST SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 07:00 PM Transient killer whales attacked a Steller's sea lion off Sooke last week. Four humpback whales came to the sea lion's rescue.   Photograph By Capt. Russ Nicks A pod of “heroic” humpback whales came to the rescue of a desperate sea lion under attack from four cunning and hungry orcas off the coast of Sooke, a phenomenon never before seen by whale-watching operators in the Salish Sea. The waters were glass calm on Sept. 11 when whale-watchers witnessed four humpbacks huddle…

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Humpbacks Save Sea Lion From Hungry Killer Whales off Sooke

Humpback whales save sea lion from orcas off Sooke coast KATIE DEROSA / TIMES COLONIST SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 07:00 PM Transient killer whales attacked a Steller's sea lion off Sooke last week. Four humpback whales came to the sea lion's rescue.   Photograph By Capt. Russ Nicks A pod of “heroic” humpback whales came to the rescue of a desperate sea lion under attack from four cunning and hungry orcas off the coast of Sooke, a phenomenon never before seen by whale-watching operators in the Salish Sea. The waters were glass calm on Sept. 11 when whale-watchers witnessed four humpbacks huddle…

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Whales fight whales, sparing sea lion

The sight of humpback whales fighting killer whales astonished people watching from nearby boats off Canada’s west coast. Photo Credit: Alethea Leddy/Port Angeles Whale Watch Whales fight whales, sparing sea lion By Lynn Desjardins | english@rcinet.ca Wednesday 21 September, 2016 , No Comments ↓ Share A pod of humpback whales fought off some killer (orca) whales trying to eat a sea lion off the western coast of Canada, reports CBC. It’s not clear whether they were trying to save the sea mammal or simply defending their territory. Some transient killer whales began to hunt a sea lion in waters off the…

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Just Released! BBC’s Natural World: “Killer Whales, Beneath the Surface”

The world's most-renowned natural history unit explores the crisis facing the southern resident orcas of British Columbia and Washington State. Also check out "The Captures" and "Tucker the Pooper-Snooper Dog." This series features Dr. Sam Wasser and Archive Footage and Project Consultation from Michael Harris, Baby Wild Films.

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Dead Orca was Pregnant With Full-Term Fetus

A necropsy on the endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island showed it was pregnant with a full-term fetus, and that some of her teeth had been removed, Canadian officials say.

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No Fish, No Blackfish

In response to the loss of J32 and her baby on December 4, 2014, Orca Conservancy took part in a restoration of some of the Cedar River watershed near Seattle, WA, a work day hosted and organized by the non-profit organization, Whale Scout, together with King County Parks. Also participating were members of the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and the Pacific Whale Watch Association. Orca Conservancy and many there decided that the best way to mourn the loss of yet another of our endangered Southern Resident orcas was to do something positive like this, to fix some of…

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Dead Orca Found Off B.C. Coast Is ‘Tragic’ Loss

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