UPDATED May 2007 - Current Alerts in Chronological Order

Severed orca fin on beach stuns researchers: May 25, 2007 (Redirected to article in the Seattle Times
Discovery of a severed orca whale (transient) dorsal fin on Washington coast has researchers, advocates perplexed and concerned.

NENANA BELUGA SPARKS WHALE OF A MYSTERY: June 17, 2006 (Reprinted from the Fairbanks News Miner)
An article from writer Kris Capps discribes a stunning example of geographic redistribution by marine mammals; a beluga whale carcass discovered 1000-miles up a remote northern river, scores of miles away from salt water. Keep in mind while reading this article about the need for these animals to find declining food sources.

HUGE STRETCH OF PUGET SOUND PROTECTED FOR ORCA: June 17, 2006 (Reprinted from the Seatte Times)
Lynda V. Mapes and Jonathan Martin of the Seattle Times report on a significant protection measure that is sure to generate lawsuits and controversies over the orca's endangered species listing. Is this new initiative just an example of government posturing, or will this make a difference in orca conservation?

DEATH OF LUNA, SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCA WHALE CALF, April 2006
Found alive after his family group died, Luna represented a prime chance to replenish the southern resident orca whales. In the end, politics and the inability to develop consensus on what was best for the orca population resulted in Luna's tragic death. It was avoidable, however.

NORTHWEST ORCA POPULATION CURRENT STATUS HASN'T CHANGED MUCH, February 10, 2006
87 whales - that's all that stands between existence and extirpation of the Southern Resident Orca Whale population in the Pacific Northwest. But does the net increase in animals over the recent few years mean that our orcas are no longer in peril?

6.4-MILLION HECTARES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FORESTS WILL NOW BE PROTECTED, February 8, 2006
BC's Great Bear Rainforest, a coastal region spanning 6.4-million hectares (4.4-million acres) of ecosystems ranging from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Island) to inland BC, has received Ottawa's newest designation as a federal park - one that is twice the size of Yellowstone Park.

WASHINGTON BUILDING INDUSTRY GROUP CHALLENGES ORCA ESA LISTING, January 31, 2006
A local Washington State wise-use lobby has announced it's intention to sue the federal government over the Autumn 2005 ESA listing for federal orca stocks. The same group, which offers no scientific evidence in their assertion, is known for their radical, anti-environmental history.

POLAR BEARS COULD BECOME EXTINCT IN LESS THAN 100 YEARS, January 9, 2006
With Arctic sea ice melting at a rate of 9% annually due to global warming, researchers fear that polar bears may become extinct inside of 100 years from now.

NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE LIST ORCAS AS ENDANGERED, November 15, 2005
In a surprise announcement, the NMFS today listed Southern Resident Orca Whales as a Federally Endangered Species. This completes an effort that many groups - including Project SeaWolf - has fought for for more than 6 years!

WE MISSED A CHANEC - NOW WE SHOULD LEAVE LUNA IN NOOTKA SOUND, August 1, 2004
SeaWolf has finalised our position on the best future for Luna (L98) - Our window of opportunity has passed - at this point, we feel Luna should be left in Nootka Sound.

WASHINGTON ORCA COMING HOME: SEAWOLF STARTS FUND DRIVE FOR RELOCATION, April 7, 2004
Washington-based marine mammal groups Project SeaWolf and Global Research and Rescue (GRR) will be launching a joint campaign to raise public funds for a translocation and reintroduction plan for ‘Luna’ (L98).

SPRINGER GOING HOME TO CANADA - VANCOUVER AQUARIUM REPORT, July 9, 2002
A press conference at the Vancouver Aquarium today announces that the Canadian government, the Aquarium and a rescue team will be bringing Springer (A73) home to BC this weekend!

ORCA WHALE CALF BEING RETURNED TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, July 9, 2002
SeaWolf is pleased to be working with the Vancouver Aquarium, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the orca rescue team lead by Jeff Foster to bring Springer home!

NMFS SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PANEL REPORT ON THE VASHON ORCA, February 28, 2002
SeaWolf just received this report that details the discussion among federal researchers and experts on whether the Vashon orca calf should be captured or not. Please read!

ESA LISTING UPDATE FROM CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, February 25, 2002
This press release comes from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), courtesy of Brent Plater, a lawyer from the group. The release announces the position of independent researchers that the southern resident orcas must be given ESA status protection.

LONE WHALE CALF NEAR VASHON REPORTED TO BE A NORTHERN RESIDENT FEMALE, Feb 16,2002
The young orca calf, estimated to be around 3-years old and found to be residing near the Vashon Ferry Terminal is probably a northern resident, possibly an A-pod or G-pod calf that may have been seen with one of those two groups in 2001!

LOST WHALE CALF FOUND, February 10, 2002
One of the 7 lost L-pod orcas from 2001, a 3-year old female called Luna, has mysteriously been living on her own on a remote west coast inlet of Vancuover Island! Check here for details!

REPORT ON WHALE STRANDING NEAR DUNGENESS, WA, January 3,2002
Following is more information about the orca whales stranded in Dungeness, WA. This segment includes an article from PDN reporter Luke Bogues. The male finally survived and left for the open Pacific - they were identified as transients.

SEAWOLF LAUNCHES NEWEST WHALE PROTECTION EFFORT, August 29, 2001
Project SeaWolf is joined by ACS, the Whaleman Foundation & Mosquito Fleet Charters in a new public education effort - one in which you can take part for FREE! Check here for details!

WA STATE FISH & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO UPLISTING REQUEST, August 28, 2001
Project SeaWolf has received a letter from the State of Washington Fish & Wildlife Department, referring our request for an uplisting of local orcas under state law to the NMFS process (see earlier item).

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INITIATES REVIEW OF ORCA UPLISTING EFFORT, August 7, 2001
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that they are accepting, as complete, the recent ESA petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Project SeaWolf and a consortium of other groups. NMFS will now assess whether protective efforts are required, but WILL NOT TAKE ACTION until at least May 2003.

SIERRA CLUB, SEAWOLF LAUNCH SALMON PROTECTION EFFORT, May 19, 2001
The Sierra Club of Snohomish County and Project SeaWolf partner to create a county-wide education campaign focussing on homeowner impacts to salmon habitat from harmful yard and lawn practices. State Legislator and County Councilmember associate with this effort!

SEAWOLF, OTHERS FORMALLY ASK FEDS FOR 'ENDANGERED SPECIES' LISTING FOR SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS, May 1, 2001
After more than a year of preparation, SeaWolf and other groups have formally begun the process of requesting federal "Endangered Species Act" protection for the southern resident orca whales. Link here for details...

THE DECLINE OF THE SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS (published in Ocean Realms Magasine), Winter 2000/2001
The comprehensive story of the decline of northwest orcas. This article was timed for international release immediately prior to the ESA petition listing on May 1, 2001. SeaWolf was a signatory to this petition.

J-10 DISAPPEARS, PRESUMED DEAD, April 9, 2000
J-10, matriarch of J-10 Sub-pod and presumed mother of recently deceased J-18, is now also missing from her family group. Project SeaWolf will take action this week to seek a re-classification of the southern resident orca population to "endangered" status under the federal ESA.

BC ORCA'S FIGHT FOR LIFE PITS NATURE AGAINST MAN, March 21, 2000
Reprint of an excellent synopsis of the current environmental impacts facing regional orcas by Vancouver Sun journalist Dawn Hanna.

J-18 ('EVERETT') IS THE MOST RECENT J-POD ORCA TO BE FOUND DEAD, March 20, 2000
J-18, the 2nd last surviving sexually-mature bull orca of J-pod, has been found dead off the Tsawwassan coast in lower British Columbia. Everett was believed to have been only 23-years old -- cause of death has not yet been determined, but PCB contamination is suspected.

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCA PODS SEEN IN MONTEREY, CA, February 11, 2000
J & K-pods have recently been identified foraging off Monterey, CA, accompanied by what could be an 'off-shore' orca -- this could signify important changes in these orca's behaviours and possible future foraging and habitat patterns.

ACTION ITEM*, SEAWOLF REQUESTING CITIZEN ASSISTANCE TO GAIN FEDERAL/STATE PROTECTION FOR ORCAS, Nov 16, 1999
Project SeaWolf is pushing an effort to gain Federal and State "Endangered Species" status for the southern resident orca whales. Citizen sign-on is requested for this effort.

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCA WHALES FOUND TO BE COMTAMINATED WITH PCBs, Nov 9, 1999
The southern resident orca pods -- the most "watched" orcas in the world, are declining at an alarming pace. Recent studies show toxic contamination is the problem.

SMALL OIL SPILL IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS, April 23, 1999
Kevin Ranker of the "Friends of the San Juans" reports that a small oil spill happened this past Earth Day off Lopez Island. This again underscores the need for more rigid protections and tanker escorts for this important marine ecosystem.

ORCA POPULATIONS IN DECLINE IN NORTHWEST: CANADA MAY LIST THEM AS "THREATENED" UNDER COSEWIC, April 23, 1999
The Canadian government's "Committee on the Status of Endangered Species (COSEWIC) may take the first step in signalling concern about the Southern Resident orcas by listing them as a "Threatened" species, in light of their recent decline.

ACTION ITEM*, CALIFORNIA CONGRESS MEMBER SUPPORTS COMMERCIAL WHALE HUNTING, April 7, 1999
California residents might wish to contact 11th Congressional District Congressman Richard Pombo and express opposition to his recent video address supporting whaling at the 2nd Annual meeting of the World Council for Whalers in Iceland.

ACTION ITEM*, COUGAR HUNTING BILL NEEDS ACTIVIST OPPOSITION IN OLYMPIA, March 25, 1999
Seattle, Washington and surrounding area activists are needed again in Olympia to prevent the last cougar-hunting Bill of Spring 1999 to make it out of the Legislature. This alert is from Lisa Wathne of HSUS.

PACIFIC SALMON STOCKS LISTED UNDER ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IN NORTHWEST, March 17, 1999
The federal government has formally announced the listing of 9 Pacific salmonid stocks as "Endangered and/or Threatened" under the ESA. This listing will rapidly change development and environmental degradation activities in the entire Pacific Northwest

JAPANESE ORCA CAPTURE PLANS IN NORWAY CANCELLED, March 16, 1999
Japan has apparently retracted their plans to remove orcas from Norwegian waters. Personal communication with the High North Alliance suggests that a Russian capture will be planned sometime this summer, with the Chukotsky region being the likely source of orcas.

MAKAH WHALERS START PRACTISING FOR THE 1999 HUNTING SEASON, March 16, 1999
The Makah Council has indicated that they will begin practising for a hunt this year once again, despite activist's attempts to block the hunt in 1998. It is likely that their efforts will target the autumn migration, since their whalers haven't been issued a spring permit yet.