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Seven Killer Whales Missing from Washington Waters

Seven Puget Sound killer whales are missing and presumed dead in what could be the biggest decline among the sound's orcas in nearly a decade, say scientists who track the endangered animals.

"This is a disaster," Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist at the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, said Friday. "The population drop is worse than the stock market."

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Beluga listed as endangered


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Japanese Whale Hunt

IFAW: Japanese whaling fleet sets sail for Antarctica - with humpback whales added to target list
Monday, 19 Nov 2007 08:04

Japanese whaling fleet sets sail for Antarctica – with humpback whales added to target list

(Shimonoseki, Japan - 18 November 2007) In defiance of growing international pressure and a global whaling ban, Japan launched its whaling fleet this morning (Sun) for an international whale sanctuary around Antarctica to kill more than 1,000 whales – this time its harpoons will also be trained on the threatened humpback whale for the first time in decades.

The whaling fleet is heading for Antarctica’s Southern Ocean Sanctuary, an internationally recognised sanctuary for whales, where over the next four months it will hunt 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales, as well as adding 50 vulnerable humpback whales to the target list. The humpback had been protected from commercial whaling for more than 40 years after being hunted to near extinction in the last century.

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Robson Bight, Springer has returned

Thank you Paul and Helena for sending this update.

November 14 2007

Hello everyone,

We have good Springer news... Springer has returned to Johnstone Strait, and she looks great!

Almost 3 anxious months have passed since the tragic oil spill in Robson Bight, which exposed fully 25% of the Northern resident orca community to toxic diesel fumes. Springer’s family, the A4 pod, was one of the groups which spent several hours amidst a dense diesel fog in Robson Bight the night after the incident. During the 2 weeks that followed, none of the A4s, including Springer, displayed obvious symptoms. But just the same, we were worried about them, and when they left we wondered if we would see all of them again.


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