A baby orca’s death, a mother’s grief and a state’s call to action — NBC News Top Stories

An orca breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Washington on July 31, 2015.
An orca breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Washington, on July 31, 2015.Elaine Thompson / AP file

From 2007 to 2014, two-thirds of Pacific Northwest orca pregnancies failed. Not a single calf has survived more than three years.

via A baby orca’s death, a mother’s grief and a state’s call to action — NBC News Top Stories

B.C. group wants to kill the seals to save the whales – CBCNews

by Greg Rasmussen (via msn.com)

an animal with its mouth open: Associated Press
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Ken Pearce throttles back on his outboard motor, his boat slowing as it cuts through the waters of the lower Fraser River near Steveston, B.C.

He’s spotted a half-dozen seals swimming in a side channel.

“They’ve fed on the rising tide and now they’re coming in to soak up the sun and snooze,” he says.

Pearce views the animals as a major threat to migrating salmon and the endangered killer whales that feed on them.

He wants tens of thousands of them killed in a commercial hunt.

His group, Pacific Balance Pinniped Society, has support from some First Nations, commercial fishing groups and elements of the sport fishing industry. 

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Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific’s ‘Shark Highway’

Biologists knew the sharks sometimes traveled from waters off Costa Rica south to the Galapagos Islands, but they’d never actually witnessed it.(Image credit: Andy Mann/Waitt Foundation/Pacifico )

via Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific’s ‘Shark Highway’ — News : NPR

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Basking Sharks

(PORTLAND, Maine) — Scientists say a species of large, but harmless, shark has been gathering in atypically big groups off of the northeastern United States and Canada. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says groups of 30 to 1,400 basking sharks have been seen in waters from Nova Scotia to Long Island, New York. The…

via Schools of Up to 1,400 Sharks Are Gathering Off the Coast From Long Island to Canada — TIME