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SeaWorld Loses Appeal Of Ruling On Death Of Orca Trainer

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green

(Adds government response, paragraph 7) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Fri...

Bill Would End SeaWorld Killer Whale Shows In California

AP | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on ...

False Killer Whales Caught 'Talking' To Camera

Posted 03.26.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon: A pod of false killer whales cavorted off the Southern California coast this week, providing a rare ...

WATCH: 6 Killer Whales vs. Blue Whale

Posted 03.05.2014 | Green

A blue whale may have been attacked by a pod of orcas in a scene caught on tape off the coast of Monterey, Calif., on Monday. A video posted to You...

Lonely Orca Lolita May Finally Be Going Home

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Lolita has been crammed inside a tank barely any larger than the length of her own body at the Miami Seaquarium for more than four decades. Lolita's wretched world is the smallest tank in North America.

Killer Trip Chasing Killer Whales

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is no better place, no better time. The salmon are running, and the weather is fine. Our target waters have the highest density of orcas anywhere in the world. I'm going to feel the spray of flying flukes, and wink at the melon-sized eye of an orca.

Saving These Rare Orcas? Protect Their Favorite Haunts

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Critical habitat designations prevent the federal government from undertaking or approving activities that reduce an area's ability to support an endangered species. Species with designated critical habitat are more than twice as likely to show signs of improvement than those without.

PETA's Dramatic Response To SeaWorld's Float Leads To 19 Arrests

Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

At the New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., SeaWorld's float depicted a happy family of orcas swimming free in the sea. The animal right...

Blackfish Backlash Continues

John P. David | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
John P. David

From what I know about orca public relations, I think SeaWorld's got a big problem.

Stuck on Whales and Dolphins - Remoras Are Not as Creepy as They Look

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

They look creepy and slimy enough, as though they are sucking the blood of their host, but remoras are not giant leeches - it turns out that while not entirely benign, remoras do little harm to their hosts in normal circumstances.

Three Fishermen Pull Off Incredible Killer Whale Rescue

Posted 11.07.2013 | Good News

When three fishermen spotted a killer whale stuck on the rocks in Klakas Inlet in Alaska, they devoted nearly four hours to saving her. Jason Vonic...

Rare Killer Whale Eats Shark Off Hawaii Coast

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green

A group of researchers got a lucky surprise at the end of their 15-day field project in the waters off Hawaii Island. On Friday, the Cascadia Resea...

Seeing Dolphins in Oahu, Hawai'i - Wild is the Best Way

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Oahu's western shore offers a daily wild dolphin show, and with a good pair of binoculars you can see spinner dolphins from shore as they leap and twirl before settling down for their daily nap.

Cousteau and World Cetacean Alliance Making a Splash

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

If we are going to change the world to save ourselves, we have to save the ocean; and if we are going to save the ocean we have to start by saving the cetaceans. We have to protect their habitat and ensure that all marine life can thrive, so that we can too.

Elephants, Killer Whales, and Treadmills: Exercise Is No Substitute for a Real Life

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 09.23.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Even a swimming current would do little for whales that are kept like this, but advocates hope that orcas and other whales and dolphins can be retired to ocean sanctuaries equivalent to those provided for elephants

You Won't Believe What Really Happened To Keiko, The Orca Whale Star of 'Free Willy'

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 09.19.2013 | Entertainment

We all saw “Free Willy,” we all loved “Free Willy.” But what happened to the real Willy? In a tragic, confounding dose of irony, Keiko, th...

Keiko (Free Willy): 20 Years Later, History Proves His Release to Have Been the Right Decision

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

By any measurement, Keiko's release was a phenomenal success, and the process of giving him years of health and freedom is symbolic of what we cherish most in ourselves -- the ability to act with compassion and to right wrongs; when we know better, we do better.

Why SeaWorld's Cuts in Staff Hours Is No Suprise To Me

David Kirby | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
David Kirby

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is cutting hours for 18,000 part-time and seasonal workers, in a move that will allow it to skirt provisions of the new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and save millions from not providing healthcare coverage to those employees at 11 parks around the country.

You Haven't Seen This Much Tail Since 'Free Willy'

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green

A large pod of orcas were spotted making their way through Active Pass, just off the shores of Galiano Island in British Columbia. This pod just keeps...

Why 'Finding Dory' Will Have A Different Ending Than Planned

Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment

An unlikely source is prompting Pixar to imbue a social consciousness into its highly anticipated "Finding Nemo" sequel. The studio will take cues fro...

Good News For These Whales!

AP | By DOUG ESSER | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green

Seattle (AP) — Killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound are a distinct population group and will remain protected under the Endangered ...

These Pets May One Day Run The World

Posted 07.23.2013 | Comedy

Animals have the power to make the internet go round. After seeing the above compilation, highlighting some of the most astonishing animal acts that h...

ReThink Review: Blackfish -- The Dark, Wild Side of Free Willy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

By examining orcas in the wild and their lives in sea parks, Blackfish makes a compelling argument that not only is it immoral to imprison orcas, but that they are too powerful, smart, and unpredictable for us to do it safely.

On the Trail of the Whales: Deadly Ambush in the Deep

Doreen Walton | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Doreen Walton

We're speeding north on the Coast Starlight, to our next stop on the grey whale migration route. It's a romantic name for a train, and it's a dreamy r...

Call of the Wild: 8 Offbeat Places to Connect with Nature

minube | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
minube

From ancient temples crawling with monkeys and rats to desolate beaches teeming with exotic wildlife, here are 10 unusual places to connect with nature.