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Whale Hunting
5:54 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Makah Indian Tribe Wants To Hunt Whales Again

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries issued a draft environmental impact statement analyzing the request of the Makah Indian tribe to hunt whales.
Credit NAParish / Flickr

Washington's Makah Indian tribe wants to resume its traditional practice of whale hunting.

The first step in winning federal approval came Friday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries issued a draft environmental impact statement analyzing the tribe's request.

The Makah tribe drew international criticism from animal rights groups in 1999 when it hunted a gray whale off Washington's Olympic Peninsula. It was the tribe's first whale hunt in more than 70 years.

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SeaWorld
5:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Preemptive Ban On Whale And Dolphin Performances Proposed

A Washington state senator wants to make it a crime for a zoo or aquarium in Washington to hold a wild-caught or captive-bred whale, dolphin or porpoise for purposes of entertainment or performance.
Credit Christian Benseler / Flickr

SeaWorld is famous for its choreographed dolphin and Orca whale performances. Now a Washington state lawmaker wants to make sure what happens at SeaWorld stays at SeaWorld. He introduced legislation to prohibit marine mammal shows in Washington.

Washington state Senator Kevin Ranker remembers visiting SeaWorld San Diego several years ago.

“It was a very powerful experience for me and not a positive one,” Ranker said.

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Beaked Whales
5:09 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Northwest Researchers Document Whales Which Set New Breath-Hold Record

Satellite tag being attached to the dorsal fin of a Cuvier's beaked whale. The tagging arrow can be seen in the air as it detaches from the tag.
Credit Erin Falcone Cascadia Research under NOAA permit 16111

Think about how long you can hold your breath and then let this discovery blow your mind. Northwest-based whale researchers have documented a new breath-hold record among mammals. They timed a dive by a beaked whale that lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes.

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Fin Whales
6:35 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Underwater Earthquake Recordings Reveal Mysterious Whale Calls

Fin whales are the second largest animals on the planet.
Credit Nilfanion / Wikimedia Commons

The Blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to exist. But nobody remembers number two. Fin whales are the second largest animals on the planet, weighing in at around 80 tons. And they’re very mysterious creatures. Now scientists have gained better access to the giant whale’s secret lives – almost accidentally.

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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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Navy Sonar Testing
3:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Navy Looks To Renew Permits for Sonar Testing In The Northwest

Naval Aviation Electronics Technician performing a sonar test.
Photo courtesy of US Navy 2008

Right now the Navy is allowed to use sonar for testing and training exercises off the Northwest coast and down to Northern California. There is evidence that using sonar may interfere with marine mammal behavior – and even damage hearing and cause stranding. But the Navy’s use of sonar could change if it doesn’t get its permits renewed by 2015.

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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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