Killer whale

An orca whale breaches as the pod swims through Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, Wash., July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid, file)

Years of research reveal more about iconic orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals, with pollutants particularly high in the youngest whales, according to information released […]


A baby male killer whale named 'Earth' and his mother 'Lovey' look up during their performance at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Sea World orca trainers begin using safety vests

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Trainers at Sea World’s marine parks began wearing inflatable safety vests Monday whenever they work near killer whales, yet another safety measure implemented after the 2010 death of a trainer who […]


SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (PRNewsFoto/SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.)

SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park. In […]


Assemblyman Richard Bloom,  D-Santa Monica, and Dr. Naomi Rose talk about a bill that would set new guidelines for treatment of killer whales in captivity before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

California bill that would end orca shows stalls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal […]


An orca whale breaches as the pod swims through Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, Wash., July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid, file)

Puget Sound killer whales to stay protected

Seattle (AP) — Killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound are a distinct population group and will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday. NOAA’s […]


Sea creature washed ashore in New Zealand posted to YouTube.

Mysterious sea creature carcass washes ashore

A mysterious carcass washed ashore in New Zealand last week, fueling speculation about sea monsters and dinosaurs. The rotting animal was discovered by a group on four-wheel vehicles speeding along the beach in Bay of […]


Pod of killer whales seen off Orange County coast

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Whale watchers are reporting this season’s first pod of killer whales after at least 15 orcas were spotted just outside Newport Beach Harbor.



Animal Winter Games: Whale Migration Marathon

Every spring, a series of epic battles are fought in the waters off America’s west coast. It’s the season when killer whales hunt their largest prey — gray whales that are migrating up the coast. […]


SeaWorld: Orca recovering from injury in show

SAN DIEGO (AP) – SeaWorld says an 11-year-old orca injured during a night performance is on antibiotics and starting to regrow tissue to the wound on his lower jaw. The park said in a statement […]


SeaWorld gets new killer whale today

(CNS) – A 19-year-old female killer whale arrived today at her new SeaWorld San Diego home and was introduced to the park’s other killer whales, officials announced. The killer whale, named “Shouka,” previously resided at […]



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