In a stroke of good luck, a group of Canadian beachgoers has caught on camera orcas exhibiting rare beach-rubbing behavior, which still eludes scientists.
One California paddle boarder, a dolphin and whale enthusiast, had one of his dreams come true two weeks ago when "partied" with a pod of orca whales off the coast of Laguna Beach, catching the entire event on camera.
This new year has started off pretty good for conservationists and killer whales alike, after a pod of endangered orcas off the coast of Washington State welcomed its first newborn in more than two years. The baby whale is thought to have been born right around the wrap-up of December, and has since been identified as a hale and hearty female calf.
The NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center has just confirmed that footage taken by members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society does indeed feature a pod of rare, "Ecotype D" orcas - a type of killer whale never before captured live on film.
Pregnancy may have killed an orca belonging to the endangered Puget Sound population, scientists say, based on observation of the deceased female, who washed ashore in Vancouver on Thursday.
Record numbers of "exotic" orcas have mysteriously been frequenting waters in the Pacific Northwest, typically unchartered territory, and researchers are trying to figure out why.
The first orca calf born in the last two years to an endangered pod of killer whales is missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday.
For the first time, scientists are using a robotic aerial drone to get up close and personal with orca whales, offering a new glimpse into the life of these marine mammals.
SeaWorld San Diego plans to double the size of its orca environment, and fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild, officials announced Friday.