Orcas

West Coast Orcas Endangered By Triple Threat: Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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...

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.

Big Oil vs. Beautiful Orca: Which Side Are You On?

Ben West | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

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.

Wildlife Win in Court, But Lose on the Ground

David Suzuki | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Of 345 species at risk in Canada, more than 160 have waited far too long for recovery strategies. Thanks to a recent federal court decision, four luckier ones are finally getting overdue plans detailing steps needed to save and protect them. But court victories are just a start. It will take political will to ensure species and their habitats get the protection they need.

Whales Don't Rely On Vision To Hunt?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - In the killer whale world, a noisy seal makes a fine meal, says new research into the hunting practices of transient orcas off the Pacific...

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.

WATCH: Whale Music Fades In B.C.

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - There have been some puzzling changes in the behaviour of northern resident killer whales that live off the north-central coast of British...

WATCH: Orcas Spotted In Gulf Islands

CBC | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Janusz Kowalski has seen orcas in Active Pass before, but not so many from so close — splashing and diving as they swam by the Galiano Island shore ...

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.

LOOK: Where B.C.'s Wild Things Are

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Wildlife is a serious business in B.C. — from whale watching to eagle counting, there are numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with t...

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...

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 ...

Orcas Facing Food Shortage

CBC | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada British Columbia

A group of orcas off B.C.’s central coast appears to have less food than usual this summer and researchers say they’ll be monitoring the animals t...

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, ...