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Killer Whales

Scientists Say 'Granny,' The World's Oldest Known Orca, Is Most Likely Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 01.04.2017 | Green

Scientists believe “Granny,” the world’s oldest known orca, has passed away after living in the Pacific, off the shores of Washington, for what ...

7 Antarctic Adventures Of A Lifetime

Stephanie Huston | Posted 12.07.2016 | Travel
Stephanie Huston

I recently got back from my 7th continent trip - a basecamp activity cruise to Antarctica. As one would anticipate, it truly was a trip of a lifetime and filled with unexpected adventures at every turn.

WATCH: Seal Dodges Hungry Orcas, Winds Up In Whale Watchers' Boat

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 08.24.2016 | Weird News

An ambitious seal gave a bunch of Canadian whale watchers way more than they bargained for when it scurried onto their boat to escape a pod of hungry ...

When Animals Teach, It's Special

Carl Safina | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

Like toolmaking, teaching was once thought to be an exclusive capacity of the human mind. It's not, but teaching is rare, and teachers are an elite group.

Root Canal: SeaWorld Gets Drilled In New Killer Whale Teeth Report

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.17.2016 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

SeaWorld’s CEO Joel Manby has been all smiles since he and Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States announced that their organi...

Orcas With Jobs

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 06.22.2016 | Green
Helene Hesselager O'Barry

There is no freedom from their dependence on their human keepers for food. Captivity is a full-time duty that has been forced upon them by humans, and there are never any breaks from it.

Killer Whale Attack Triggers Epic Dolphin 'Stampede'

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.21.2016 | Science

When dolphins breach from the sea, it's usually seen as playful behavior. This dolphin encounter, however, can only be described as purely terrifying....

SeaWorld Bows to Public Pressure

Helene Hesselager O'Barry | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Helene Hesselager O'Barry

Even though the decision to end captive breeding of orcas is a much-needed step in the right direction, the way that SeaWorld has presented its decision to the public and the media has been disingenuous. SeaWorld is bowing to consumer pressure to survive.

Is It Okay to Go Back to SeaWorld

Ric O’Barry | Posted 04.01.2016 | Green
Ric O’Barry

So is it okay to go back to SeaWorld again? I say, no. Not until an exit strategy for all dolphins is committed to by both parties. In the absence of this, it's just business as usual - and a cruel one at that.

SeaWorld Ends Orca Breeding: Experts Weigh In

Carl Safina | Posted 03.17.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

Lolita is living out her lonely existence in sub-standard solitary confinement in Florida at the Miami Seaquarium. Her particular situation is the lowest-hanging fruit in improving humane treatment for captive orcas.

SeaWorld Announces End To Its Orca Breeding Program

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

SeaWorld, together with the Humane Society of the United States, announced a landmark agreement Thursday to drastically alter practices at its theme p...

I Am Morgan - Stolen Freedom: Provocative Killer Whale Film Premiers in San Francisco

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.09.2016 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

I Am Morgan - Stolen Freedom is a provocative new film about the marine theme park industry. It gives the audience a glimpse -- be it ever so brief --...

UK Killer Whales Can't Be Saved

Stephanie Farnsworth | Posted 01.29.2017 | Green
Stephanie Farnsworth

While there have been ongoing discussions for several years now about whether to reintroduce wolves and lynxes into Scotland, little has been done to save currently threatened populations and this is most notably shown by the march to extinction that Scotland's orcas are embarked upon.

Whales in Captivity

Peter Neill | Posted 01.07.2017 | Green
Peter Neill

This controversy will continue, pitting commercial entertainment interests claiming educational and scientific purpose against animal rights organizations claiming commercialism and cruelty to animals.

SeaWorld Sues California Authorities Over Orca Breeding Ban

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 12.30.2015 | Science

SAN DIEGO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - SeaWorld sued California authorities on Tuesday, seeking to overturn a decision that allows the San Diego theme park to ...

Third Whale This Year Dies At SeaWorld San Antonio

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 12.22.2015 | Science

An 18-year-old killer whale has died at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio, marking the third time this has happened this year. Officials say the whale, U...

Why Steve-O is Going to Jail for a Whale

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.04.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

On December 9, Jackass star and daredevil Steve-O will voluntarily begin his 30-day sentence in a Los Angeles county jail. After his release, he'll then begin a three-year probation and be temporarily banned from Hollywood. And it's all because of a whale.

SeaWorld San Diego Claims They're Going to End Killer Whale Shows for New Image: But Are They Really Going to do this?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.11.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Many remain skeptical of SeaWorld San Diego's comprehensive plan and it is still not clear what other SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Antonio are planning to do.

SeaWorld Doesn't Seem To Understand Its Business Is Over

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 11.09.2015 | Science

The shift was sudden. One day, SeaWorld's bleachers were full. Many Americans held fond memories of watching killer whales belly-flop gallons of water...

SeaWorld San Diego Is Getting Rid Of Its Killer Whale Show

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science

SeaWorld San Diego will say goodbye to its killer whale show sometime next year. The park plans to replace it with a more "informative" killer whale e...

Newborn Orca 'Baby Boom' Depends Upon Our Breaching Deadbeat Dams

Brenda Peterson | Posted 11.02.2016 | Green
Brenda Peterson

What can we offer these orca families to commemorate their newborns after three years of heart-breaking losses of their calves? We can finally make good our government promises by tearing down the Snake River dams and help nourish orcas with the Chinook salmon they need to thrive.

SeaWorld: Another Perspective on the Fate of Its Whales

Jordan Schaul | Posted 11.02.2016 | Green
Jordan Schaul

The sentience and intelligence of killer whales is profound. This is why the notion of releasing marine park animals into nature or seaside sanctuarie...

WATCH: Killer Whale Boots Seal 80 Feet High

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 11.01.2015 | Weird News

Did the killer whale get its infamous nickname by flinging innocent seals through the air? An amazing video shows a Superman-esque seal flying through...

Calif. Agency Bans Captive Orca Breeding At SeaWorld

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business

"It's cool to see them, but it's not the right thing to do," said 10-year-old Zoey Lambe-Hommel. Zoey, dressed in a killer whale costume, was one of ...

A Breakthrough Agreement on Sonar Safeguards for Whales and Our Oceans

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.17.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Since 1994, the NRDC has prosecuted a series of federal lawsuits to persuade the Navy to adopt -- and its federal regulator the National Marine Fisheries Service to require -- common sense safeguards for the protection of whales and other marine life from unnecessary harm.