New Skeleton Museum to feature SeaWorld orca:
"...two issues with this particular display were immediately apparent. The museum is a ‘for profit’ enterprise, and the orca’s noted cause of death is very much open to debate."
Read more: http://elizabethbatt.com/2015/02/new-skeleton-museum-to-feature-seaworld-orca/
This article investigates how Loro Parque in Tenerife has been affected by public and scientific concern for orca in captivity. There are six orca currently in captivity at this facility.
Read more: http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/02/09/inenglish/1423476143_408439.html
This article about the Southern resident J-pod calves also looks at the potential risk increase of a very serious conservation threat for these orca:
Two new transient orca calves have been sighted in the Pacific Northwest:
Another orca calf has been born to Southern resident J-pod. This calf has been designated as J51 and good news, orca calf J50 has also been sighted!
Read more: http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2015/02/12/another-new-wild-killer-whale-baby-born-to-j-pod/
Tourist operators have noticed that great white sharks in waters around the Neptune Islands, South Australia have vacated the area after an orca pod attacked and killed one of the sharks. Alisa Schulman-Janiger, whale researcher specialising in orcas, says of this occurrence, "Shark tourism operators should not have been surprised, as this also happened off of the Farallon Islands in 1997 and 2000. Those great whites disappeared for the rest of the entire seasons (not just a few weeks)."
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-09/sharks-evacuate-neptune-islands-after-killer-whales-attack/6080788
Biologists have used DNA samples to identify the remains of orca prey. We won't give away what it was - you'll have to read the article to find out: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/22107/20150206/killer-whale-victim-identified-biologists-new-dna-evidence.htm
Could hydrocarbon be the mysterious nutrient source behind huge killer whale, shark and fish numbers at Bremer Canyon, Australia? Documentary-maker David Riggs talks to ABC Esperance.
With audio recording:http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2014/02/25/3952120.htm
Find out more about David's documentaries: http://www.riggsaustralia.com/
Recording Of Washington State Bill Hearing On The Pre-Emptive Ban On Using Cetaceans For Entertainment
A link to the recording of the bill hearing regarding the preemptive ban on using captive cetaceans (including orca) for entertainment in Washington State, USA.
From Dr. Naomi Rose / From The Dolphin's Point of View: Here is the link to the archive of the hearing. The Committee has until Feb 20 to vote yea or nay. If it passes out of Committee by that date, it will go to the Senate floor. If it passes there, it will go to the House, where similar steps (Committee hearing and vote, House floor vote) will be taken. This entire process will be wrapped up one way or the other by the end of March (the Washington State legislative calendar is accelerated because the legislature is part-time). If it passes the House, it will go to the governor.
News of captive orca Lolita's listing as part of the endangered free-ranging Southern resident population has reached UK media. (via Marine Connection):