CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1992 |
Scientists in Monterey Bay saw a rare sight last week: a pod of killer whales attacking and devouring the offspring of a California gray whale. Videotapes made at the scene may be the best documentation yet of the phenomenon. In two attacks last week, several orcas, or killer whales, followed female gray whales and their calves. The orcas isolated and killed the younger whales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1990
In response to "Shadow Over Sea World" (Part A, Nov. 19): If Sea World based its decisions genuinely on what's best for the animals instead of its economic dependence on killer whales, it would not pursue obtaining additional orcas. In this age of environmental sensitivity, there is a growing force questioning whether or not some species should be held captive at all. Since animal deaths are a matter of public record, marine parks can no longer dismiss their critics. Questions remain unanswered surrounding the recent deaths of orcas in particular: Orky had lost nearly one-third of his weight during his last 20 months at San Diego.
April 9, 1989 |
In the underwater distance, I saw the shark's glistening tail fall toward the ocean floor. Then its silvery head. The 8-foot fish was being wildly devoured by orca whales. I had never seen orcas in clear water before, certainly never at the Equator, and certainly never in the frenzy of the hunt. But here were the so-called "killer whales" cruising just above me in the tropical seas of Wuvulu, New Guinea, a day after we had first spotted them. Orcas are the masters of the ocean.
November 18, 2003 |
They roam large parcels of the Pacific in small hunting parties, working together, relying on stealth and striking savagely and without notice. They're killer whales, and they're on the loose off Southland shores. Ken Kurtis, co-owner of Reef Seekers Dive Co. in Beverly Hills, was coming back from a recent dive trip off Santa Barbara Island, where he had seen and photographed a wolf eel -- a rare sighting in Southland waters -- and thought his day had been made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2007 |
SeaWorld officials Thursday hotly disputed a finding by state investigators that it is "only a matter of time" before a trainer is killed by one of the park's killer whales. "The trainers recognize this risk and train not for 'if' an attack will happen but 'when,' " said a report by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The report, released Tuesday, follows an investigation into a Nov.
June 29, 2007 |
The dolphin didn't stand a chance once it had been separated from its pod. The killer whales overwhelmed the smaller mammal. They hurled their massive bodies out of the water and splashed down on top of it, grabbing it with their teeth and tossing it through the air. "They were playing with it just like a cat plays with a mouse," Tyler Elzig, captain of the fishing boat Sea Horse, said of what he witnessed Sunday. "It was the most intense thing I've seen in my entire life on the water."
April 30, 1989 |
While gulls circle overhead, the good life is about to begin for dozens of vacationers sailing to Washington's peaceful San Juan Islands. Urban pressures melt away as the ferry's engine sets a rhythm that spells relaxation. Small islands appear on either side as the vessel plows ahead on this spring afternoon, clouds scudding on the horizon. It is during spring and fall that the San Juans are particularly inviting--moments when narrow roads and small villages are uncrowded and innkeepers offer a special welcome.
March 22, 2010 |
Three times a day, SeaWorld Orlando's killer whale trainers brush Tilikum's teeth, just as they always have. But they no longer stand right next to him with a water pick. Instead, they use a 2-foot extension so they can work farther from the 6-ton orca's jaws. The jury-rigged toothbrush is one of the many adjustments SeaWorld has made in the weeks since Tilikum grabbed veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau by her ponytail and drowned her in front of park guests. After the Feb. 24 tragedy, SeaWorld removed Tilikum from daily shows and ordered trainers to keep their distance from the animal, who is twice as big as any other orca at the park.
December 14, 2003 |
Keiko, who gained fame starring in the "Free Willy" movies, has died in a Norwegian bay that he had made his home after a 10-year campaign failed to coax him back to the open seas. The whale, who was about 26 years old, died Friday after suddenly contracting pneumonia in the Taknes fjord in Norway. Caretaker Dane Richards said the illness struck the 25-foot mammal fairly quickly. In the wild, orcas, or killer whales, can live an average of 35 years.