Russian Orcas (Far East Russia Orca Project) have recently encountered a small white orca in the Fourth Kuril Strait, between Onekotan and Paramushir islands sometime in August-September.
A new calf has been sighted amongst the California transient orca population! CA216B has had a new calf CA216B1, via Monterey Bay Whale Watch.
Dr. Naomi Rose will be discussing orca at the American Cetacean Society conference and at the Performing Animal Welfare Society - find out more information below:
I will be participating in discussions on captive orcas at the American Cetacean Society conference in Newport Beach on November 8 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-cetacean-societys-14th-international-conference-november-7-9-2014-registration-12201714657) and at the Performing Animal Welfare Society in Burbank on November 9 (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=5F2CB9F05D631F0061A7020E10D158C2.worker_registrant?llr=68strdcab&oeidk=a07e927d0myfb5c8d58). Hope some of you can make either or both.
The World Wildlife Fund (with the exception of the UK branch) still have not responded to public concern about their partnership with SeaWorld and the problems that captivity poses for whales, dolphins and porpoises, including the 55 orca held in captive facilities around the world. You can find out more about this story here:
Footage of orca off the coast of Costa Rica (via Orcazine)
An incredibly informative video on the conservation threats faced by the endangered Southern resident orca population in the Pacific Northwest. This video was based on the report by NOAA Fisheries, which confirms food availability, chemical and sound pollution to be the population's biggest current risk factors.
You can read the full report here:http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/news/features/killer_whale_report/pdfs/bigreport62514.pdf
A must-read article from Voice of the Orcas founders and former SeaWorld trainers who featured in the documentary "Blackfish":
A big well done to the rescue team, led by the Orca Research Trust, who helped to free an orca entangled in a cray pot today off the coast of New Zealand.
Video (c) Young Ocean Explorers:
More information (with photo) on the orca cray pot line entanglement rescue in New Zealand, via the Orca Research Trust:
Today, at 11am Dr Ingrid Visser received a call from Bob Brook that he and his crew had found an orca entangled in a cray pot line. He remained with the orca for the two hours it took for Steve Hathaway, Dan Godoy and Ingrid to arrive on the scene. Keeping the orca afloat were other members of its pod, including its presumed calf. Ingrid has identified the orca as Dian, named after the famous gorilla researcher, Dian Fossey. Dian the orca was entangled in a line approximately 40 m long, attached to a ‘pot’ used for catching crayfish. The pot was weighted with concrete blocks of about 35 kg. Dian remained calm during the disentanglement and she was successfully released and followed for a number of kilometres afterwards, to ensure that she was ok and remained with the other orca. If you see orca in NZ waters please call 0800 SEE ORCA. Thank you to everyone who helped save her and good luck out there Dian!