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From 2007 to 2014, two-thirds of Pacific Northwest orca pregnancies failed. Not a single calf has survived more than three years.
by Greg Rasmussen (via msn.com)
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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By Steven McKenzie
BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter
More whales have been found dead on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland following several strandings of the animals at the end of last month.
Eleven whales were found dead over the course of one week in August.
Whale and Dolphin Conservation said the toll had now risen to at least 58.
In Scotland, 20 whales were found beached in the Western Isles, 16 in Argyll and Bute and two in the Highlands. Twenty have stranded in Ireland.
One of the whales was found dead in Northern Ireland, and the rest in the Republic of Ireland.
Many of the animals that died were Cuvier’s and True’s beaked whales, which are a deep-diving species.
Some have been found dead along the shores of North Uist and Harris in the Western Isles.
Last month, Whale and Dolphin Conservation asked the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Scottish government to investigate the strandings.
The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme and Inverness-based Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme are investigating,
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