This video is about killer whales “wave washing” a seal in the Antarctic.
From National Wildlife Magazine in the USA:
SEEING KILLER WHALES ply the waters of Washington State’s Puget Sound has long been a great thrill for Seattle-area residents.
No other U.S. urban community can boast of resident orcas a few miles from downtown.
Whale watching there is a multi-million-dollar tourist draw. As one orca expert puts it, “Everybody wants a kiss from a killer whale.”
But the thrill may soon be gone.
Three orca pods living in Puget Sound from May through October, known as the southern resident killer whale population, were declared federally endangered late last year by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the federal agency responsible for protecting marine species.
Scientists believe the decline of wild chinook salmon—a major orca food source—as well as global warming, toxic pollution and vessel noise could eliminate this orca population, which ranges beyond Puget Sound into the San Juan Islands and Georgia Strait.
Pollution by Celebrity Cruises of Puget Sound: here.
Fossil sockeye salmon in Washington state in the USA: here.
From the BBC:
The pristine waters of British Columbia’s Fraser River, a few hours’ drive upstream from Vancouver, belie the activity beneath.
Below the tranquil surface, the river has just witnessed one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena – the return of the sockeye salmon, and this year it is the biggest salmon run in a century.
This year, despite dire predictions from scientists, 34 million sockeye salmon came back to the exact stretch of river where they were born to spawn.
But what makes this even more astonishing is that it comes just one year after only one million fish returned.
Fewer than 90 orcas left in Puget Sound. Take action to protect their habitat from coal exports: here.
A grieving orca whale has finally released her dead calf’s body after carrying it around the Pacific Northwest’s waters for two weeks.
TURNS OUT ORCAS CAN MIMIC HUMAN SPEECH Like parrots and elephants. [HuffPost]
First fishers born in Washington State since reintroduction began: here.