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Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Jan. 19, 2019 5:30 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website...

Researcher: Calf born to endangered Pacific Northwest orcas

Jan. 11, 2019 6:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say there's a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada. Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times that staff first saw the calf Friday at the...

2 more Puget Sound orcas predicted to die by summer

Jan. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two more Puget Sound orcas are ailing and probably will be dead by summer, according an expert on the critically endangered population of killer whales that live in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Drone photography taken this past September showed the ailing population of orcas known as...

Report: 16 dolphin deaths linked to red tide off Florida

Dec. 29, 2018 1:12 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year. Erin Fougeres says researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been "fairly overwhelmed" by the number...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

Dec. 18, 2018 3:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and the...

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...

The Latest: Inslee proposes $1.1B to help starving orcas

Dec. 13, 2018 2:12 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Jay Inslee's budget announcement (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing $1.1 billion in spending — and a partial whale-watching ban — to help support the recovery of Puget Sound's critically endangered orcas. Inslee...

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand

Nov. 30, 2018 4:23 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other unrelated strandings. In the latest stranding, up to 90 pilot whales beached themselves late Thursday at Hanson...

Correction: Dolphin Deaths story

Nov. 28, 2018 8:28 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 27 story about a red tide being suspected in dolphin deaths, The Associated Press erroneously cited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as saying red tide happens when algae colonies grow out of control due to pollution from...

6 whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach

Nov. 26, 2018 10:25 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand managed to refloat six surviving stranded whales on Tuesday and were hoping the animals would soon swim away into deeper water. Ten pygmy killer whales were initially found stranded Sunday at Ninety Mile Beach on the North...