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.
Pacific Ocean | Environment | News | Climate change | Water | WorldKUOW/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.
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.
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.
Animals | local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | NewsNorthwest 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?
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.
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.
Animals | Pacific Ocean | local | Environment | NewsAP | 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.
With nine new calves in the last year, the most important question may be whether they will have enough to eat.
Water | Science | EnvironmentKUOW/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.
Animals | Pacific Ocean | local | Environment | NewsNorthwest 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.
Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News | OPB News BlogOPB | 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.
Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News | OPB News BlogOPB | 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.
We get a round-up of some of the region’s major environmental stories from OPB’s EarthFix team.
Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News | OPB News BlogOPB | 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.
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Top Stories: Landslide Closes Larch Mountain Trail, Bend Community To Determine Future Of Mirror PondOPB | Nov. 28, 2014 8:15 a.m. | Portland
Headlines for Friday, Nov. 28: A landslide has closed the Larch Mountain Trail at Multnomah Falls; four community meetings are scheduled to help determine the future of Bend's Mirror Pond; the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation at the University of Oregon is planning to strike; and more.