Southwest Airlines are ending their 25 year-old marketing partnership with SeaWorld after feeling the pressure from concerned members of the public.
You can read more about the outreach attempts that prompted this decision here - http://timzimmermann.com/2014/02/12/blackfish-effect-at-work-southwest-airlines/.
Sam Champion from the Weather Channel talks to Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau about the Southern resident orca and a new documentary they are making about this population (also including an interview with Southern resident orca researcher Ken Balcomb, from the Center for Whale Research) - in 5 different parts:
"The first attack occurred in September 1998, when [orca] Keto was only three-years-old." Should this, as well as the three other known attacks by Keto towards his trainers, have acted as a warning that it was only a matter of time before somebody died?
Photo: c. Sam Lipman
Update: Stranded Orca In Scotland
An update on the orca (a sub-adult male thought to have been between 15 and 20 years old) found dead in North Uist, Scotland:
The Dog Who Sniffs Orca Poo
Article about Tucker, the dog who sniffs out orca scat!
Concerns grow for Kiska in Marineland:
This is a feature in this month's National Geographic Kids magazine featuring facts provided by the charities ORCA and HWDT:
We are sad to report an orca has been found dead on Baleshare Beach, North Uist in the Outer Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland. A full necropsy will be conducted tomorrow.
A Superpod At Superpod
A Superpod at Superpod! Kyra Laughlin writes about her experience seeing a Southern resident orca superpod at the Superpod 3 event:
Miami Seaquarium was cited and fined $7,000 by OSHA after an investigation found that waterwork with Lolita present a 'struck-by and/or drowning' hazard for the orca trainers (via The Orca Project)