Antarctic killer whales (Frozen Planet)
Port and Starboard, spotted off Simonstown, South Africa.
Credit: Seafari App on facebook.
An AP pod female coming back down from an impressively high breach. She was doing what is called “popcorn” or “popcorning” by some whale researchers—multiple successive breaches in a very short period of time!
Hilary Hanson – April 6, 2019
Russian officials say experts will be evaluating dozens of captive whales with the hope of ultimately freeing them from holding pens that have been internationally dubbed “whale jail.”
The New York Times reported this week that Russia’s minister of natural resources, Dmitri N. Kobylkin, said the situation is unprecedented because of the number of animals ― 10 orcas and 87 belugas ― that need to be released.
Government officials plan to meet with a group of experts, including famed oceanographer and marine scientist Jean-Michel Cousteau, to figure out the best course of action, according to the BBC.
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Wild Fish Conservancy – April 3, 2019
The Center for Biological Diversity and Wild Fish Conservancy sued the Trump administration today for mismanaging West Coast salmon fisheries and harming critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales, a violation of the Endangered Species Act. That orca population has dropped to just 75 individuals, mostly because declining salmon runs have left them without enough to eat.
Today’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Western District of Washington. It seeks to compel the National Marine Fisheries Service to assess and reduce the threat to the endangered orcas from salmon fishing off Washington, Oregon and California. Southern Residents are also threatened by pollution and disturbance from vessel traffic.