Two of British Columbia's most iconic species, chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, are in trouble. The whale depends on the salmon for survival. Is it time to manage chinook fisheries...
Her pod now contains just 24 members.
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It has been 14 years since Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered under Canada's Species at Risk Act. Today, less than 85 of these whales remain. Despite their legal obligation to act, the federal government has failed to take measures to further recovery of the Southern Residents. As one of Canada's most endangered group of animals, actions for their survival cannot wait any longer.
The enduring threat of loud tankers and the additional possibility of an oil spill place killer whales in untenable and unacceptable peril. Even if the probability of a large oil spill is low, the consequence of such an event is potentially catastrophic.
Orcas aren't always this ... chase-y.
New live cams bring you into the incredible world of orcas.
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The new calf is the fifth baby since December to be born to the endangered population of killer whales that spend time in B.C waters.
B.C.'s southern resident orca population has welcomed a new addition!
"This is the REAL SeaWorld."
Nothing to see here, folks.
Ain't no party like an orca party, 'cause an orca party don't stop!
As we motored in closer, the first thing I heard was the heart-wrenching sound of an orca that was clearly in distress. Her vocalizations echoed across the small bay, an alarming deep and rounded cry that flattened into a squealing moan.
If we want to save more than memories of southern resident killer whales, we have to act now. This might include restricting the numbers and routes of vessels that travel through their critical habitat and cleaning up polluted waters while preventing additional contamination from new pollutants.
Gary and Karoline Cullen get closer to orcas in the wild than almost anyone else in Canada. But whereas most brushes with B.C.'s famed creatures happen from the vantage point of whale-watching b...
Two years ago, Ecojustice and our clients celebrated a landmark win for protection of B.C.'s iconic killer whales under the Species at Risk Act. And while there have been some recent signs that these populations may be on the long road to recovery, proposed projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and now the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion pose new threats to their survival.
A fourth baby has been born to an endangered population of killer whales found off the B.C. coast.
After many years of protests by advocate groups and animal lovers, the Government of Ontario is attempting to end the acquisition and breeding of orcas in the province. The Toronto Star is reporting t...
The video was shot from a kayak near Hornby Island, B.C.
A TV news cameraman had the best view from a helicopter.
There are now 80 southern resident orcas in the waters of B.C. and Washington state.
An amateur videographer has captured rare footage of northern resident orcas rubbing themselves at a beach in B.C.'s Discovery Islands near Campbell River. The Orca Network posted Chris Wilton&a...
After more than a decade of waiting, the Southern Residents are no better off now than when they were listed as endangered 15 years ago. Federal fisheries managers appear unwilling to address the availability of Chinook salmon, an essential food for whales, lest they rile interests in the sports and commercial fishing sectors.
Someone cut off several teeth from an endangered orca as she lay dead on a Vancouver Island beach, awaiting a necropsy by scientists. The deceased killer whale, identified as J32, was found floating n...
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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 her frantic family surrounded her. Nicole Mackay, co-o...
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 continent's West Coast to increase beyond an estimated pop...
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.
Everyone in the Vancouver area was thrilled to see or hear about the pods of dolphins and orcas showing up in English Bay and False Creek this past weekend. Probably the only people not happy about it were the folks at the massive Texas-based energy corporation Kinder Morgan.