Photographer captures orca devouring a dolphin in Los Cabos

Orcas are known to be voracious predators, but not many people get the chance to witness them in action. So when photographer Evans Baudin not only witnessed a hunt, but also captured it on camera, he felt particularly lucky. >> read more …

Are Humpback Whales and Killer Whales at War?

In the early 1980s, scientists Hal Whitehead and Carolyn Glass of the Newfoundland Institute for Cold Ocean Science observed for the first time scientifically something that whalers had anecdotally described numerous times in the past: killer whales (orcas) attacking humpback whales. >> read more …

Matriarch orca’s death may explain J pod’s absence, this scientist says

The long disappearance of southern resident killer whales from their usual summer habitat raised alarm bells for researchers along the coast. Scientist Andrew Trites says the loss of the longest-known matriarch in the southern resident killer whale population is a somewhat overlooked crisis in the J pod structure. >> read more …

Hartverscheurende beelden: ‘meest eenzame orka ter wereld’ beukt hoofd tegen glas na 10 jaar isolatie in betonnen tank

Dierenactivisten hebben hartverscheurende beelden verspreid van de ‘meest eenzame orka ter wereld’. Kiska is 44 en leeft al sinds 1979 in gevangenschap in een krappe, betonnen tank in een attractiepark in Niagara Falls, een stad in de Canadese staat Ontario. De orka leeft moederziel alleen en heeft al tien jaar geen soortgenoten meer gezien sinds … Meer lezen

5 gruesome killer whale attacks

Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family, and quite possibly the most terrifying — at least if you’re a seal, sea lion or whale. These toothy predators hunt in packs, not unlike sleek marine wolves, and they’re capable of bringing down prey larger than themselves. >> read more …

Some fish-eating orcas have worn out teeth: Here’s why

Worn-out teeth, also called tooth wear, are pretty common in cetaceans. Although there are many documented cases of tooth wear in captivity, worn-out teeth exist in wild whales. And especially those who eat a lot of fish, like herring-eating killer whales. In this post, we explain why eating some fish can damage wild killer whale … Meer lezen