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The Whale That Changed the World’s View of Marine Mammals

Orcas have become iconic animals on the West Coast and people love them, but it wasn't always that way. The CBC's Chris Brown looks at the Canadians and the whale who changed the world's view of marin…

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How Our Addiction to Oil is Killing Dolphins

Dolphins are being killed in mass quantities in Peru, and this time the culprit isn't the Japanese taste dolphin meat... it's our collective hunger for oil. Since the beginning of the summer, nearl…

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Military to Blame for Orca’s Death?

Some US scientists suspect that a dead killer whale that washed ashore in Washington in February was collateral damage from a military explosives test. Science News by NewsLook var nl_rand =…

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Are Orcas in Captivity Slaves?

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Miller is reviewing a lawsuit filed by PETA to have five orcas released from Sea World. PETA says the orcas are slaves because they are held in captivity and forced t…

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Star Orca Too Sick to Perform

A captive orca named Lolita is too ill to perform for paying visitors to the Miami Seaquarium. Lolita is 40 years old, and is suffering from a tooth infection. While this dental problem may seem insig…

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Killer Whales Harmed by Boat Exhaust

A Canadian zoologist, who studied the effects of boat traffic and exhaust on orcas for two and a half years, found carbon monoxide levels in the air of their natural habitats were five times greater t…

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Killer Whales Spotted Near San Francisco

A pod of 14 orcas was spotted this week near the Golden Gate Bridge. It is rare for them to appear so near the city of San Francisco. Speculation so far has been that they are looking for food in th…

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Orcas Like to Surf?

Dolphins are seen with some frequency playing in waves and even riding them. Turns out orcas do the same, though they aren't often caught in the act. This week, however, two lucky photographers were a…

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