orcas http://www.kplu.org en 6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets http://www.kplu.org/post/6-orcas-identified-west-seattle-sun-sets <p></p><p>More than a dozen killer whales swimming past West Seattle gave residents a spectacular sight Monday as the sun set.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:02:06 +0000 The Associated Press 6653 at http://www.kplu.org 6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets Survival of male orcas depends on older females, study shows http://www.kplu.org/post/survival-male-orcas-depends-older-females-study-shows <p>Researchers in the San Juan Islands say the survival of older female&nbsp;Orcas, after they go through menopause, helps younger males stay alive longer.</p><p>That might not surprise many humans, but scientists well-versed in the behavior of Orca whales say it’s a relatively new conclusion. And, in many species, females don’t live long after the end of their reproductive life.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:32:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6345 at http://www.kplu.org Survival of male orcas depends on older females, study shows Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org/post/photos-killer-whale-caught-catching-air-puget-sound <p>James Maya, a ship captain and <a href="http://www.mayaswhalewatch.biz/index.php">owner of a whale watching company</a>, took these photos of an orca breaching on Monday off South Beach on San Juan Island.</p><p>He said this was the only whale breach that evening and he just happened to have his camera at the ready. These breaches are not uncommon, he added.</p><blockquote><p>“Sometimes they just go crazy,” he said.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:47:34 +0000 Jake Ellison 6166 at http://www.kplu.org Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound No fine yet for closing on Puget Sound orcas http://www.kplu.org/post/no-fine-yet-closing-puget-sound-orcas <p>A boater who was caught by the Coast Guard too close to Puget Sound killer whales won't be penalized, but next &nbsp;summer violators could be fined thousands of dollars.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:59:20 +0000 The Associated Press 5996 at http://www.kplu.org No fine yet for closing on Puget Sound orcas Newborn orca calf reported in Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org/post/newborn-orca-calf-reported-puget-sound <p>BREMERTON, Wash. &mdash; A newborn orca calf has been reported off the west side of San Juan Island in the Puget Sound.</p><p>The Center for Whale Research reports the new calf was first spotted midday Monday among the adults of J pod, one of three killer whale pods that frequent Puget Sound.</p><p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:53:18 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 5917 at http://www.kplu.org Newborn orca calf reported in Puget Sound Endangered orcas cause delays for major earthquake research http://www.kplu.org/post/endangered-orcas-cause-delays-major-earthquake-research <p><strong>Updated 6/18/12, with comments and links from whale advocates.</strong></p><p>An expensive science mission off the Washington and Oregon coasts has been scaled back, at least for now, out of concern for orca whales. A research ship is using blasts of sound to create maps of a major earthquake fault, which is considered the greatest tsunami risk along the U.S. Pacific coast.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:40:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5298 at http://www.kplu.org Endangered orcas cause delays for major earthquake research Possible albino killer whale spotted off Russian coast http://www.kplu.org/post/possible-albino-killer-whale-spotted-russian-coast <p>An all-white orca has been spotted by scientists during a research cruise off the eastern coast of Russia, near the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Commander Islands in the North Pacific, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/albino-killer-whale-spotted-off-russias-eastern-coast/">reports ABC news</a>. The scientists have named the orca Iceberg.</p><p>&ldquo;It is a breathtakingly beautiful animal,&rdquo; Eric Hoyt, one of the scientists, told the AFP. &ldquo;If we can get a full close-up of the eyes and they are pink, it would confirm Iceberg is an albino, but we don&rsquo;t know much about albinism in orcas.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:09:43 +0000 Jake Ellison 4833 at http://www.kplu.org Possible albino killer whale spotted off Russian coast Mystery surrounds bruised and bloody killer whale carcass http://www.kplu.org/post/mystery-surrounds-bruised-and-bloody-killer-whale-carcass <p>The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Wash., this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death.</p><p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:18:00 +0000 Tom Banse 4150 at http://www.kplu.org Mystery surrounds bruised and bloody killer whale carcass Researchers on hunt for killer whales' winter hideout http://www.kplu.org/post/researchers-hunt-killer-whales-winter-hideout This week , federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new homeport in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter?<p>Every winter, the three pods of orca whales that call Northwest waters home just disappear into the wild blue yonder. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:02:38 +0000 Tom Banse 4135 at http://www.kplu.org Researchers on hunt for killer whales' winter hideout Killer whales near Alaska village, appear stressed http://www.kplu.org/post/killer-whales-near-alaska-village-appear-stressed <p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska &mdash; Three killer whales have made an unusual trek up the Nushagak River in southwest Alaska.</p><p>NOAA Fisheries-Alaska region spokeswoman Julie Speegle says residents have seen killer whales at the mouth of the river, but never this far upriver.</p><p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:45:45 +0000 The Associated Press 2831 at http://www.kplu.org Killer whales near Alaska village, appear stressed Killer whale thought struck by boat might just be pregnant http://www.kplu.org/post/killer-whale-thought-struck-boat-might-just-be-pregnant <p><a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016026525_orca27m.html">The Seattle Times reports </a>that a whale reported to have been struck by a boat on the west side of San Juan Island might simply be pregnant.</p><p> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:20:39 +0000 The Associated Press 2451 at http://www.kplu.org Inbreeding is new concern for Puget Sound orcas http://www.kplu.org/post/inbreeding-new-concern-puget-sound-orcas <p>Scientists have a new concern about the killer whales that spend their summer in the Puget Sound. The orcas have been breeding within their own family groups, which may mean the population is more fragile than scientists thought.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:15:04 +0000 The Associated Press 2141 at http://www.kplu.org Inbreeding is new concern for Puget Sound orcas Newborn calf spotted among returning orcas http://www.kplu.org/post/newborn-calf-spotted-among-returning-orcas <p>FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. &ndash; A newborn calf has been spotted among one of the pods of killer whales returning to the Puget Sound.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:31:33 +0000 The Associated Press 2058 at http://www.kplu.org Newborn calf spotted among returning orcas New rules to distance boats from endangered orcas start today http://www.kplu.org/post/new-rules-distance-boats-endangered-orcas-start-today <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968931.mp3</p><p>Going on a whale watching tour is a popular activity in the border waters between Washington State and British Columbia. New rules that take effect&nbsp; Monday require vessels to give a wider berth to the iconic resident killer whales. KPLU&#39;s Tom Banse reports from one of the home ports of the whale watching fleet, in Victoria. Mon, 16 May 2011 16:19:10 +0000 Tom Banse 1604 at http://www.kplu.org New rules to distance boats from endangered orcas start today Step away from the whale: Whale watch regulations get tougher http://www.kplu.org/post/step-away-whale-whale-watch-regulations-get-tougher <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962877.mp3</p><p>Next time you go whale watching on Puget Sound, be sure to take your binoculars. Soon, you&rsquo;ll have to stay twice&nbsp;as far from the endangered killer whales as before.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1177 at http://www.kplu.org Step away from the whale: Whale watch regulations get tougher