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Ships Voluntarily Slow Down For Underwater Noise Reduction Trial

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2017 9 a.m.

A majority of large ship operators are cooperating with a request to temporarily slow down in the shared border waters between Victoria and San Juan Island.

News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Fate Of Pacific Northwest Orcas Tied To Having Enough Columbia River Salmon

Northwest News Partnership | July 11, 2017 2:30 p.m.

What does the next decade hold for killer whales that share the Puget Sound with millions of people and just a fraction of the salmon that historically were the beloved sea mammals; main food source.

Science | Environment | Animals | News | local | Fish & Wildlife

Study: Orcas Lose Two-Thirds Of Their Pregnancies

KUOW/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 3:19 p.m.

Two-thirds of all detectable orca pregnancies have ended in miscarriages over the past seven years.

Climate change | News | Water | Environment | World | Pacific Ocean

Crossing the Border To Protest A Canadian Pipeline

KUOW/EarthFix | June 4, 2017 10:15 p.m. | Vancouver, British Columbia

People in the U.S. technically have no say in the matter of Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline. But that hasn’t kept them from protesting increased tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Environment | Water | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Transient Orcas Are Booming While Resident Orcas In Salish Sea Struggle

KUOW/EarthFix | May 15, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Seattle

New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.


Using Whale Breath To Find Out What's Ailing Orcas

KUOW/EarthFix | April 5, 2017 4:21 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists have a new tool to figure out what’s ailing Puget Sound’s resident orcas. They’re studying whale breath, which is no easy feat.


Starving Orca Whales Dying In Puget Sound

KUOW | Oct. 31, 2016 8:40 p.m. | Seattle

It’s been a bad year for the Salish Sea’s southern orca community. The Center for Whale Research says a second adult female has died. That brings the recent death toll to three.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local | Animals

Hobby Drones Over Orca Whales: Legally Murky And A Potentially Bad Mix

Northwest News Network | May 15, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Boats have to stay 200 yards away from the Northwest's endangered resident killer whales. But what if one of those boaters launches an aerial drone?


Puget Sound's Baby Orcas Are Mostly Boys. That Has Scientists Freaked Out.

KUOW | April 1, 2016 1:34 p.m. | Seattle

Just one of Puget Sound's eight new orcas has been identified as a female. That means she’s the only whale in this age group that could deliver a new generation for this endangered species.

NW Life | News | local | Animals

Endangered Puget Sound Orcas To Get Personal Health Records

AP | March 29, 2016 3:49 p.m. | Seattle

Wildlife veterinarians and other whale experts want to take the information collected about them and create personal health records for each southern resident killer whale.

Environment | Entertainment | Animals

Puget Sound’s Dark Role In Orca Captures

KUOW | March 18, 2016 1:27 p.m. | Seattle

SeaWorld says it's done breeding killer whales and making them perform tricks –  a historic about-face from the days when it hired people to capture wild orcas in Puget Sound.

News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | local | Animals

Puget Sound Orca Calf Missing, Presumed Dead

AP | Feb. 28, 2016 10:17 a.m. | Friday Harbor, Washington

The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island says the calf — a member of the whale group known as J-Pod and designated J-55 — was first documented on Jan. 18, but it wasn't seen when other close family members were seen the next day.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

How Helping Salmon Could Save Puget Sounds' Baby Orcas

KCTS 9 | Feb. 11, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Seattle

With nine new calves in the last year, the most important question may be whether they will have enough to eat.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | Animals

Ninth Baby Orca Confirmed In Puget Sound

AP | Jan. 19, 2016 6:22 p.m. | Seattle

Whale researchers confirmed the discovery of a new calf Tuesday. It is estimated at least half of orcas do not reach their first birthday.

Science | Environment | Water

New Research: If You Want To Help Endangered Orcas, Slow Down

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 2, 2015 12:15 p.m. | Seattle

Boat speed is a big problem for Puget Sound’s endangered killer whales, according to new research published Wednesday.

News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | local | Animals

Drone Captures Stunning Pictures Of Killer Whales

Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Killer whale biologists used a hexacopter drone last month to capture stunning, overhead photos of every single member of the endangered Puget Sound orca population.

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife | OPB News Blog

Fake Baby Orca Joins Astoria's Sea Lion Scare Event Thursday

OPB | June 2, 2015 1 p.m. | Portland

In the latest attempt to shoo away the hundreds of hungry sea lions lying around Port of Astoria docks, the city is bringing in a fake baby orca to swim alongside the adult-sized model Thursday.

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife | OPB News Blog

How To Scare A Sea Lion: Bring In The (Fake) Orca

OPB | May 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Portland

Astoria officials and locals have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to get rid of the ubiquitous barking sea lions that have arrived by the thousands this year on the city's docks. But now, the city may be bringing in the big guns, or should I say, whale.

Environment | Think Out Loud

Environmental Update On Orcas And Geothermal Energy

OPB | April 20, 2015 12:45 p.m.

We get a round-up of some of the region’s major environmental stories from OPB’s EarthFix team.

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife | OPB News Blog

Orcas Spotted Off Oregon Coast

OPB | March 31, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Even orcas head south for spring break. L- and K-pod ocras made their way to Cape Disappointment off the Oregon Coast, according to NOAA Fisheries West Coast — Science and Management on its Facebook page.