Orca pods take playful swim near Vashon Island (via Orca Network).
Never-before-seen views of orca from a drone:
Orca of Scotland: Does their demise really matter?
Orca vocalisations recorded in Alaska:
Did you know orca are being hunted in Greenland? Rob Lott from Whale and Dolphin Conservation has written about this tragedy:
"As a seasoned campaigner with WDC, I have seen many horrific sights over the years but my recent visit to the world’s largest island left me with some grim, indelible memories of the continuing bloodbath that involves the cruel killing of belugas, narwhals, harbour porpoises and orcas... [Why] when Greenland has butchered 114 orcas in a five year period, does it not cause the slightest media ripple?"
Orca (the largest member of the dolphin family) engage in vocal learning, just like humans:
Researchers (including Orca Lab's Helena Symonds and Paul Spong) produced a paper in 2010 discussing whether "call sharing [across vocal clans of killer whales] represents cases of vocal imitation...".
The Far East Russia Orca Project / Russian Orcas were involved in organising two screenings of 'Blackfish' for the marine mammal scientific community on the 24th of September and for the Russian public on the 27th of September. Read more about the screenings below:
"A group of Russian biologists including researchers from the Far East Russia Orca Project organized two screenings of the documentary “Blackfish” for the marine mammal scientific community on the 24th of September and for the Russian public on the 27th of September. The screenings were held in the framework of the "Marine Mammals of Holarctic" conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. After the showings, there was discussion on the orca captures in Russia. About 100 people attended both screenings.
At the conference, on the 27th of September two invited guests participated in the discussion – Naomi Rose and Gayane Petrosyan. Naomi Rose has worked in the marine mammal advocacy field for over 20 years. She gave a lot of useful information about the experience of other countries and how public opinion could play a role. Gayane Petrosyan, a journalist and film director, is creating a documentary about marine mammal captivity in Russia and she presented an abstract of this film. It was very impressive. The audience was friendly. People mostly asked: "what could be done to change the situation in Russia?". As a followup, many organizations in Russia have expressed a desire to hold a screening of the "Blackfish"."
Transient (Bigg's) orca as sighted on 2nd October 2014. (Video by Traci Walter / Traci Walter Photography).
This article takes an in-depth look at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida where Southern resident orca Lolita is in confinement:
The best places to see orca in Puget Sound: a new map from the Orca Network