A dead orca has washed ashore in Tramore, Ireland. A necropsy will be conducted tomorrow & the skeleton is to be preserved, via the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group:
More information: http://www.evoke.ie/news/killer-whale-washed-up-waterford-beach
It is suspected that a shark has taken a bite out of the tail fluke of the West Coast Community male orca known as John Coe. The West Coast Community population is found in UK waters:
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"The Ontario government will announce on Tuesday a massive overhaul of conditions for captive marine mammals that include an outright ban on the acquisition and sale of killer whales."
Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/01/27/ontario-to-overhaul-rules-for-marine-mammals-ban-sale-of-killer-whales.html?app=noRedirect
Winter at OrcaLab - a blog from Whale and Dolphin Conservation: http://uk.whales.org/blog/roblott/2015/01/winter-at-orcalab
An interesting historical perspective on South African killer whales from the Marion Island Killer Whales research project:
From Marine Connection: Canary Islands - orca calf found dead
An orca calf was found washed up dead on Sunday in the La Herradura area of El Hierro, the southernmost of the Canary Islands. The find has surprised the scientific community because orca are rarely seen in this area. The calf is said to be approx. 2 metres long and approx. 100 kilo in weight. A necropsy will be carried out.
Read more (in Spanish): http://cadenaser.com/emisora/2015/01/20/radio_club_tenerife/1421766089_818212.html
"Chinook salmon are the killer whales’ primary food. Chinook salmon runs originating in the Columbia/Snake River watershed are the singular most important food source for the killer whales’ survival. Chinook salmon are endangered species themselves. There are not enough Chinook salmon to sustain even the 77 Southern Residents Killer Whales that are alive today...
According to hundreds of scientists, removal of the four Lower Snake River dams is the single most effective way to generate the abundant Columbia Basin salmon that Southern Resident Killer Whales need to survive and recover. Judge Redden, the judge who presided over the decades long Columbia/Snake River legal case involving salmon and hydropower, also believes the dams need to come down. Yet as the orcas spiral towards extinction, the federal government refuses to consider dam removal, and instead spends billions of dollars on unreasonable and speculative habitat restoration measures to avoid significant changes to dam operations.
It is time for Congress to authorize removal of the four lower Snake River dams. Please join us in calling for Congress to pass legislation to remove these concrete barriers to the orcas’ continued survival."
Sign & Share: https://www.change.org/p/rick-larsen-stand-with-us-and-support-removing-the-four-lower-snake-river-dams-to-save-the-southern-resident-killer-whales-from-being-dammed-to-extinction
"There is a story of hope," Will Travers of the Born Free Foundation spoke at the march against the Taiji dolphin slaughters that took place in London on Saturday. During his inspirational talk, Will reminisced his experience over twenty years ago returning the last three captive dolphins displayed in the UK back into the wild, along with the Born Free Foundation, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Care For The Wild and many others.
What an amazing view of orca (and fantastic photos) - certainly not what these bridge climbers and jumpers were expecting to see! (via Orca Research Trust):