Killer Whales

Scientists Are Watching B.C. Killer Whales From A Whole New Angle

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

For the first time, drones have been used in killer whale research, giving scientists in B.C. a clearer picture of the mammals' health and development...

Killer Whale's Family Cries As Orca Tangled In Net

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A whale-watching boat tour near Port Hardy, B.C. ran into quite a sight as a young killer whale struggled to get free of a fishermen's net, while ...

West Coast Orcas Endangered By Triple Threat: Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Triple threats of pollution, vessel noise and the availability of food are making it hard for a group of orcas that live along the continen...

Orphaned Orca Spotted In B.C. With Calf

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An orphaned killer whale who made headlines around the world when she was reunited with her pod off the coast of British Columbia has re-a...

There's No "Action" in the Killer Whale Action Plan

Ecojustice | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

It seems that the federal government decided to leave the "action" out of its killer whale draft action plan. The result is a vague, disappointing plan that is legally and scientifically inadequate to meet four key recovery outcomes.

LOOK: BABY WHALE Chillin'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Squee! A killer whale calf was seen in Vancouver Island's Race Rocks in photos taken by a marine mammal researcher. University of Victoria student ...

Enbridge Is No Friend Of Whales

Chris Genovali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Janet loves the orcas. At least that's what Enbridge would've had us believe in their now aborted Northern Gateway ads that featured the company's Vice President Janet Holder touting how safe oil tankers are for British Columbia's killer whales. Unfortunately, Janet must not remember what happened to killer whales 24 years ago after the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef, or she wouldn't be willing to potentially subject animals she allegedly adores to miserable deaths like those suffered by Alaska's whales.

Puncturing Vancouver's Moby Doll Myth

Annelise Sorg | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Annelise Sorg

Moby Doll was the first-ever orca whale to be kept in captivity, courtesy of the Vancouver Aquarium. A whaler was hired to kill an orca for use as a model to build a fiberglass replica for a new public display. The orca was harpooned but she didn't die. So the aquarium directed the whaler to tow her -- by the line attached to the harpoon still stuck in that poor animal -- for 80 nautical miles through rough seas to Vancouver docks. There she was placed in a makeshift sea pen until she starved to death a couple of months later.

PHOTOS: Orphaned Whale's New Start

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Eleven years after an orphaned killer whale was reunited in dramatic fashion with its pod off Vancouver Island's northern coast, Springer ...

Orcas In The City

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouverites cast their eyes to Burrard Inlet Friday as a pod of orcas swam past boats and into Coal Harbour. Twitter user Lara Rose Tansey tweete...

WATCH: Orcas Chase B.C. Surfers!

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Surfers near Tofino, B.C., were sent running for dry land earlier this week when a pod of orcas got a little too close for comfort Tofino videograp...

What's Killing The Orcas?

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Don't blame salmon fishermen for the plight of some endangered killer whales off the Pacific coast, says a newly released report.After thr...

Farmers Want These Guys Off The Endangered Species List

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Farmers in California want killer whales that ply the waters between British Columbia and the U.S. to be removed from the endangered-speci...

Forget 'Tiger Mothers,' What About 'Killer Whale Grannies'?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Like some of their human counterparts, killer whale mothers continue to dote on their sons well into adulthood, says a new study based on ...

Whale Tagging: Got You, You're Dead!

Chris Genovali | Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada
Chris Genovali

There is plenty that scientists have learned, and will continue to learn by using non-invasive research methods. If we get the same amount of information, if not more by such methods that do not endanger the health or lives of these killer whales, then it is our ethical obligation to abandon "tagging" and embrace alternative research strategies.

Killer Whale Tags OK'd Despite Injuring Animals

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Approval has been given for a controversial plan to satellite tag an endangered species of killer whale that plies the waters off the Paci...

Hunter Becomes The Hunted

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - It was the kind of feeding frenzy John Ford had never seen before.Ford, a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, ...

Energy Giant Applies for Massive Potential Liability

Chris Genovali | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada
Chris Genovali

Earlier this year, energy giant Kinder Morgan submitted an application to the National Energy Board to increase the capacity of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline. The implications of this expansion are enormous and the populace will be asked to bear the risks with virtually no public engagement.