Dolphins

February 05, 2019 - 8:33 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area aquatic facility says it's temporarily closing following the death of four dolphins since it opened in 2016. Officials with Dolphinaris Arizona announced Tuesday that the facility will voluntarily close Friday but there isn't an immediate timetable for reopening. They...
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FILE- In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, Wash. For years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Salmon researchers perusing data on the website of the Center for Whale Research noticed a startling trend: that for the past two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years. In a newly published paper, they speculate that the pattern is related to pink salmon, which return to the waters between Washington state and Canada in enormous numbers every other year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 19, 2019 - 5:29 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the...
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January 11, 2019 - 4:55 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say there's a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada. Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times that staff first saw the calf Friday at...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. Two conservation groups say the federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 18, 2018 - 3:38 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle as seen from a federal research vessel that had been tracking the whales. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban to help support the recovery of Puget Sound's critically endangered orcas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 13, 2018 - 5:46 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...
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November 30, 2018 - 12:41 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in another mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other, unrelated strandings. In the latest stranding, up to 90 pilot whales beached themselves late...
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In this Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 photo, rescuers keep two pygmy killer whales wet after they were transported to Rarawa Beach from Ninety Mile Beach after they and eight others were stranded on Sunday, Nov. 25 in the far north of the North of New Zealand. Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six stranded whales Tuesday, Nov. 27. 2018 and are hoping they will soon swim away into deeper water. (Department of Conservation via AP)
November 26, 2018 - 9:22 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six surviving stranded whales and are hoping they'll soon swim away into deeper water. Ten pygmy killer whales were found stranded Sunday at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Two whales...
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In this Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 photo, pilot whales lie beached at Mason Bay, Rakiura on Stewart Island, New Zealand. As many as 145 pilot whales have died after the mass stranding which was discovered by a hiker on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.(Department of Conservation via AP)
November 25, 2018 - 8:44 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All of the 145 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote New Zealand beach have died. However, conservation workers are hoping to save some of the eight pygmy killer whales that remain stranded at the other end of the country in an unrelated event. A hiker...
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In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, supporters of dam removals and other measures intended to help endangered orca whales stand near a giant inflatable orca outside a building in Tacoma, Wash., where the Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force was meeting for a two-day work session. Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of the critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
October 18, 2018 - 6:06 pm
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the quickest way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams...
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September 18, 2018 - 3:20 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and two former executives on Tuesday agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle federal fraud claims that they misled investors about the negative impact the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" had on business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed the complaint...
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