WITH VIDEO FOOTAGE: Transient killer whales sharing waves with a group of surfers off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia (Canada):
Why killer whales don't eat people - an incredibly interesting read looking at the Tlingit legend of Natsilane and his carved orcas, as well as the possible scientific explanations as to why humans don't form part of this apex predator diet:
Whale & Dolphin Conservation blog covering the last month with the orcas in Grundarfjordur, Iceland: http://www2.wdcs.org/fieldblog/index.php?%2Fcategories%2F19-Iceland-2013
29 orca sightings off the UK coastline in 2012 (and these are only the sightings reported through the Hebirdean Whale and Dolphin Trust!)
Update on tagged offshore and Southern resident (K-pod, K25) orcas:
The tagged offshore killer whale and K25, a southern resident killer whale tagged by
the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in December, passed each other probably
by less than 10 kilometers yesterday. This map shows the offshore killer whale transiting from offshore in the south to offshore in the north and K25 passing from north to south inshore. Although their tracklines overlap just south of
Cape Mendocino, California, a comparison of the timing of the tracks suggest
they were not in the exact same area at the same time. More information on the
offshore tagging at http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/SCORE-offshore-kw.htm
and on the tagging of K25 at http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/research/divisions/cbd/marine_mammal/satellite_tagging.cfm
Keep an eye on the Orcazine website for new blog posts, fantastic orca art and the greatly anticipated first issue of the magazine - we don't know when it will be ready but we can't wait!
"Three law experts; Arie Trouwborst, Richard Caddell and Ed Couzens, have recently had their peer-reviewed article published titled: To Free or Not to Free? State Obligations and the Rescue and Release of Marine Mammals: A Case Study of ‘Morgan the Orca’."
"Skeleton of young orca stranded off Ostende, Belgium, ca. 1843. In P. J. van Beneden, "Mémoire sur les Orques observés dans les Mers d'Europe" (1882)."
Spike the Sea Urchin rescues Whoa the orca from performing in a marine park - read their story in the latest issue of Sea Urchins magazine, learn about British Divers Marine Life Rescue and find out more about the Orca Aware campaign!
For more information visit the Sea Urchins Facebook page and follow this LINK to download the magazine!