Biologists are gaining new information about the winter movements of endangered Puget Sound killer whales by tracking the daily activities of one orca by a satellite tag.
If whale expert John K.B. Ford has his way, school children one day will study a kind of North Pacific killer whale that preys on warm-blooded creatures — mostly harbor seals and sea lions, but also gray whales and seabirds.
More than a dozen killer whales swimming past West Seattle gave residents a spectacular sight Monday as the sun set. This is the farthest south the orcas have been seen this year, and it may indicate a typical fall shift.
Property-rights advocates and California farmers have filed a petition urging the government to delist Pacific Northwest orcas from the Endangered Species Act, arguing that group of whales is not a sub-species.
The U.S. Navy’s use of sonar in training exercises off the costs of Washington, Oregon and California is coming under fire from conservationists and Native American tribes, saying the noise can harass and kill whales and other marine life.
Biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service in Seattle plan to attach tiny satellite devices on Puget Sound’s endangered orcas to help better understand where they go during winter. But some whale experts worry the tags — about the size of a 9-volt battery with two darts — could injure the orcas.
Wanting to get away for the last weekend of 2011? For a short drive, you can watch fireworks over the Pacific Ocean, ski at night, or dance the night away on New Year’s Eve!
Their motto is “Real Islands… Real Close”. The San Juans, a cluster of over 70 islands to the north and west of Seattle, are just a car and ferry ride away. A destination spot for romantic getaways, cycling trips or adventurists, three of the islands – San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez offer a variety of accomodations and dining experiences for your next getaway.