New Year Treat: 5 orcas heading south in Blackney Pass
(British Columbia), watch live at http://orcalab.click2stream.com/
London-based television cameraman has an encounter
with orca in New Zealand waters:
An update from the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme about the adult female orca who stranded near Thurso in Scotland on 10th June 2012:
"On 10th June of this year, a killer whale (Orcinus orca, national reference number
SW2012/236) was found live stranded at Brimsness near Thurso in Scotland. A team
from the Scottish Strandings Scheme based at SRUC, Inverness (part of the CSIP
consortium, http://www.strandings.org/) attended on site and conducted a field necropsy after the whale died on the beach. The 4.90m adult female was judged to be in thin body condition and this loss of condition was thought to have played a factor in the live stranding of the animal. This case is still pending marine contaminant analysis, the results of which may alter the final cause of death given to the stranding. The CSIP has conducted extensive work on marine contaminants and their impact on cetaceans, more information on this research will be posted shortly. This is the sole stranding of a killer whale in the UK this year and only the 24th stranding of a killer whale in the
UK since the inception of the CSIP in 1990." - Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme: UK Strandings
Image credit: British Divers Marine Life Rescue
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We are sad to report the death of 25 year-old Icelandic-caught orca Oscar at the Kamogawa SeaWorld amusement park in Japan. Oscar passed away on the 20th December 2012.
Orca sighted off the coast of Taiji (Japan) saves dolphins from the hunt for a day - fantastic news from the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians!
We heard reports later this morning that Taiji dolphin killers spotted at least one Orca during their hunt, and did not expect to see dolphins in the area- hence their return empty handed! The dolphins are safe from slaughter in Taiji thanks to the Orca!
@Free_Morgan Twitter Update: Morgan lost, now we go for Morgan in Spain.
"The Free Morgan Foundation was saddened to hear the verdict from the Judges of
the Amsterdam Court today. Despite the fact that Morgan’s right to freedom was
clearly outlined by many orca scientists from around the world, the captivity
industries duplicitous manner has resulted in this step backwards for Morgan and
humanity. Our Expert Board comments on the verdict as the next steps to appeal
her freedom will begin today. Morgan has suffered severely at Loro Parque and
we will not let this go unnoticed."
For the full statement from the Free Morgan Foundation about the latest verdict affecting Morgan, with comments from the Expert Board, please visit:
Dr. Ingrid Visser (Orca Research Trust / Free Morgan Foundation) has just returned from marine entertainment park Loro Parque in Tenerife where wild-caught Norwegian orca Morgan is currently being held. Here's what Dr. Visser has to say about her visit:
Morgan’s Plight Continues:
Photo: Wound over Morgan's eye from an unknown cause. This image was taken on
the 10th December 2012 by Dr. Ingrid Visser.
Death At SeaWorld author David Kirby provides 7 facts about orca and why these suggest they are not suited to a life in captivity (with stunning photographs)
"Killer whales made a dramatic appearance Sunday off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as they were seen attacking and eating a common dolphin and a juvenile sea lion.
But perhaps more amazing is that a large male in the group greeted a researcher and her companions, who were dead in the water aboard a 19-foot boat, with a belly-bump."