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About 40 false killer whales spotted along California coast

Mar. 21, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — About 40 false killer whales were spotted along a California coastline, an uncommon sighting for the tropical species usually found in warmer waters. The sighting on Saturday was the first time they had been found along the Orange County...

Southern resident orca born last year confirmed to be female

Mar. 09, 2021 11:57 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A small barrel roll gave Washington whale watchers a gender reveal over the weekend and reason to be hopeful about a pod of endangered southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound. The Center for Whale Research confirmed that the J pod’s newest...

Forecast for spring chinook up from last year, but still low

Mar. 08, 2021 09:04 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Forecasts for this year’s salmon runs show a doubling of spring chinook in the Nooksack River, giving room for hope even though the species remains threatened across the Puget Sound region, according to fisheries managers and environmental officials. ...

Hawaii's Sea Life Park will reopen after almost 1 year

Mar. 06, 2021 13:56 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Sea Life Park will reopen on Saturday after being shut down for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park had been closed since March 17, 2020, and two-thirds of its staff was furloughed. The marine mammal...

Study marks major milestone for Louisiana coastal plan

Mar. 05, 2021 17:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nearly $2 billion plan to divert water and sediment from the Mississippi River to rebuild land in southeastern Louisiana — considered the cornerstone of the state's efforts to protect its rapidly eroding coast — has passed a major milestone with the publication of...

Study: Chinook salmon are key to Northwest orcas all year

Mar. 03, 2021 21:01 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — For more than a decade, Brad Hanson and other researchers have tailed the Pacific Northwest's endangered killer whales in a hard-sided inflatable boat, leaning over the edge with a standard pool skimmer to collect clues to their diet: bits of orca poop floating on the water,...

New Zealand volunteers refloat 28 whales in rescue effort

Feb. 22, 2021 22:04 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Volunteers in New Zealand were optimistic they could save the 28 whales that remain from a mass-stranding after refloating them Tuesday for the second time in two days. A pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales was first found stranded early...

40 beached whales refloated in New Zealand but fears remain

Feb. 22, 2021 03:17 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Volunteers in New Zealand successfully refloated 40 stranded whales on Monday evening but remained concerned they might beach themselves again overnight. A pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales earlier stranded themselves on Farewell Spit, a...

3 of 45 pilot whales survive mass stranding in Indonesia

Feb. 19, 2021 03:42 AM EST

BANGKALAN, Indonesia (AP) — Only three of 45 short-finned pilot whales survived the mass stranding Friday in shallow waters on Indonesia's Madura Island off the northeastern coast of Java, officials said. The three whales were pushed back to the sea by volunteers and...

Another calf born to endangered Northwest orcas

Feb. 18, 2021 09:00 AM EST

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Whale researchers say another calf has been born to the endangered Southern Resident orcas of the Salish Sea. The Orca Network wrote on its social media pages Wednesday that the whale known as L-86, or by the nickname “Surprise!” for her...