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Mystery surrounds orca harassment of boats

Mystery surrounds orca harassment of boats

Scientists are trying to work out why a pod of orcas have been damaging passing boats off the coasts of Spain and Portugal in recent weeks. Several boats have been targeted as they sailed through the region with the whales appearing to deliberately ram the boats’ hulls. Some have lost their rudders and steering as…

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Tahlequah the orca has a new calf

Tahlequah (J35), an orca from the Southern Resident population, has given birth to a new calf (J57). They were seen swimming together at the end of last week by scientists from the Center for Whale Research. In 2018 Tahlequah made international headlines after she was seen swimming over 1000 miles over a period of two…

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Tahlequah the orca is pregnant and I’m holding my breath

I felt such conflicting emotions when I heard the news that Tahlequah is expecting a new calf. You may remember Tahlequah as the orca who carried her dead baby for 17 days, setting social media alight and breaking hearts all over the world back in the summer of 2018. That summer was perhaps one of…

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Tahlequah the orca is pregnant again

An orca living in the Northwest Pacific, who made international headlines two years ago after the death of her calf, is thought to be pregnant again. Tahlequah was seen carrying her dead calf around for over two weeks after the young whale died in 2018. She is a member of the J pod of endangered…

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Time and tide – orca seasons around the British Isles

The world feels very strange for most of us as we adjust to a new normal with altered routines and a different way of living.  So it’s reassuring to hear reports that some traditions continue to the beat of more ancient, natural rhythms. Let’s explore the seasonal patterns of the little known orca groups of…

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Whales in waters around Russia could still be captured

A Russian ‘expert’ working group has concluded that the exploitation of whales and dolphins for so-called cultural and educational purposes should continue. The working group was responding to a 100,000 thousand signature petition from members of the public in Russia asking the government there to end captures of orcas, beluga whales and dolphins for sale…

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