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Naval Training
6:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Navy Looks To Renew Permits For Bombing And Sonar Exercises In The Northwest

An unmanned underwater sonar vehicle is placed in the water during a Naval exercise.
Credit Bryan Weyers / Wikimedia Commons

The Navy is pursuing permits to conduct exercises in a large area of the Pacific Ocean. The Northwest Training and Testing Range stretches from Northern California to the Canadian border.

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Rescued Orca
6:19 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Rescued Puget Sound Orca Spotted With Her First Calf

A73, also known as Springer, seen off central coast of Vancouver Island, BC on July 4th with baby
Credit Graeme Ellis / Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The fairy tale ending for a young orphan killer whale keeps getting better. Canadian marine biologists spotted "Springer" the whale with her first calf off the coast of central British Columbia last week. This comes 11 years after Springer was rescued from the ferry lanes near Seattle and successfully reunited with her whale family at the north end of Vancouver Island. Helena Symonds of OrcaLab was one of the whale activists who urged fisheries managers in both countries to intervene at the time.

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Orca Research
6:13 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Do You Hear What I Hear? Researchers Record Orcas Underwater

A male orca seen by the northwest tip of Steward Island in the Puget Sound.
Photo by Erik Stockdale Wikimedia Commons

The waters of Puget Sound are a pretty noisy place, if you’re an orca. But what does a passing tanker ship or motorboat sound like to a killer whale? How does it affect their behavior? Ashley Ahearn reports researchers are trying to find out.

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Puget Sound Resident Orcas
5:09 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Farmers Challenge Resident Orca Endangered Species Status

California farmers are challenging the federal government’s decision to list Puget Sound’s southern resident killer whale as an endangered species. These whales have been on the list since 2005. There are 86 left.

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Cause Of Orca Death Unknown
5:21 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Report Inconclusive On What Killed Orca L112

Orca L112 was necropsied near Long Beach, Washington.
Cascadia Research

Scientists are still trying to pinpoint the cause of death for a young female orca that washed up near Long Beach, Washington in February.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report today with details from the whale’s necropsy.

Right now scientists still aren’t sure what caused the death of orca L112, also known as “Victoria”.

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Orca Death Investigation
4:31 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Investigation Launched Into February Orca Death

There is an investigation into an orca that washed onto a Washington beach..
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kalev Kevad Wikimedia Commons

Officials have launched an investigation into the death of a young female orca from a pod of the endangered marine mammals in Puget Sound. The orca washed up near Washington’s Long Beach in February. The cause of her death is controversial.

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Washington Orca Mystery
6:46 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Whodunit Surrounds Bruised & Bloody Killer Whale Carcass

Orcas, or "killer whales," are among the most well-known whale species.
Photo by Wikimedia User Pittman Wikimedia Commons

LONG BEACH, Wash. -- The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Washington this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death. Correspondent Tom Banse has more on an emerging whodunit.

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Washington Orca Search
6:24 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Researchers On Hunt For Killer Whales' Winter Hideout

NOAA researchers hope to discover where orcas off the coast of Washington go in the winter.
Photo by Richard Dudley Flickr

This week, federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new home port in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter? Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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