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Why are whales pooing on orcas?

Why are whales pooing on orcas?

It is well documented that whale poo plays a major role in keeping the ocean healthy but are some whales also using their poo as a defence mechanism too? Whale watchers enjoying a trip recently witnessed sperm whales appear to defecate near a group of orcas causing them to disappear very quickly. Experts are not…

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Orcas are not attacking boats say leading scientists

A number of leading scientists and marine mammal experts, including WDC’s research fellow, Erich Hoyt, have called for an end to sensationalised reporting of orca interactions with boats. There has been widescale public interest in the stories of orcas coming into contact with marine vessels along the coast of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal)…

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My amazing week watching orcas in Scotland

Orca Watch’s 10th anniversary event in the far north of Scotland was exhilarating with a fantastic crowd, wonderful weather and incredible orca sightings. After the annual event took a break for the last two years, it was a wonderful gathering of the clans as we all came together to scan the sea from the headlands…

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Orcas at the seabed

The secrets of orca beach life

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Cameras allow our partners at OrcaLab to take you right into the orcas’ fascinating, hidden world … Orcas are deeply cultural beings: the ultimate team players, it’s difficult not to admire their devotion…

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A wild orca in Iceland

Shocking footage of captive orca butting head against wall

Distressing scenes have recently emerged from Marineland in Ontario where Kiska, the loneliest whale in the world, has been filmed violently thrashing her head against the side of her tank. Kiska is a wild caught Icelandic orca who has spent the last four decades in captivity. She was just three years old when she was…

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Morgan the orca in captivity © C. Robles

Another captive orca tragedy as Morgan’s calf Ula dies

Only five months after young orca Skyla died at Loro Parque in Spain, another orca lost her life here yesterday. Morgan’s calf Ula died a few weeks before her 3rd birthday. In spring 2021 the park had announced that Ula was suffering from an intestinal condition. After an update in May stating that Ula was…

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