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Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat

Aug. 13, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers carrying out unprecedented efforts to save an ailing young killer whale in the U.S. Northwest released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca but didn't see her take any of the fish. The operation that dropped eight salmon from a boat Sunday is part of an...

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish

Aug. 10, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

FALSE BAY, Wash. (AP) — Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters off Washington state's San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test-feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it...

Rescue team rushes to help ailing orca spotted off Canada

Aug. 9, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Teams of whale experts raced out to sea Thursday to help an ailing young killer whale, but they don't plan to intervene to help a mother orca in the same critically endangered pod that has been pushing the body of her dead calf for more than two weeks. The young orca J50 was spotted off...

Vets ready for rare efforts to save ailing endangered orca

Aug. 7, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Experts are preparing rare emergency efforts to administer antibiotics or feed live salmon to try to save a young emaciated orca that's part of a critically endangered pod of killer whales. But veterinarians haven't spotted the 3½-year-old female killer whale in several days. They are...

Biologists consider options to save emaciated orca

Aug. 3, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal biologists are weighing a range of emergency options to save an emaciated endangered orca, including possibly feeding it live salmon at sea dosed with medication. Whale researchers are worried about the survival of the 4-year-old female orca known as J50, a member of the dwindling...

Bill allowing more sea lions to be killed clears key hurdle

Aug. 2, 2018 11:51 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that gobble endangered salmon in the Columbia River has cleared a key committee in the U.S. Senate. The measure allows the federal government to issue permits to Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and several Pacific Northwest tribes,...

Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales

Aug. 1, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters, a display that has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population that has not seen a...

Alaska mine project review proceeds over governor's doubts

Jul. 26, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proceeding with an environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine located near a major salmon fishery in Alaska, despite a request from the state's governor that the review be halted. Gov. Bill Walker, in a letter co-signed by Lt. Gov....

New endangered Puget Sound orca dies soon after birth

Jul. 25, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The first calf born in three years to the endangered orcas that spend time in Pacific Northwest waters died Tuesday, the latest troubling sign for a population already at its lowest in more than three decades. A dead orca was seen being pushed to the surface by her mother about a half hour...

Analysis finds endangered orcas eat range of Chinook salmon

Jul. 24, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new analysis shows the endangered orcas that spend time in Washington state waters depend on Chinook salmon from a wide range of rivers in Puget Sound as well as along the West Coast. The Seattle Times reports that the whales eat Chinook salmon from rivers in Puget Sound, including urban...