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Here’s where you’ll find news about orcas, marine mammals and the marine environment, from around the Pacific Northwest, and the world.

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Sanctuaries Expand

NOAA announced significant expansions of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries today.

Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries off northern California will both more than double in size following a final rule released today by NOAA. The expansion will help to protect the region’s marine and coastal habitats, biological resources and special ecological features.

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located 42 miles north of San Francisco, will expand from 529 square miles to 1,286 square miles. Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuarywill expand from 1,282 square miles to 3,295 square miles of ocean and coastal waters.” (NOAA)

Learn more here.

A Tale of Two Otters, Leo Shaw, 4/30

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River Otter (photo by Leo Shaw)

 

What is the difference between a sea otter and a river otter? Where do they live, what do they eat, and what role do humans play in their environment? Join us to learn about these fascinating and playful creatures who share our shores.

Leo Shaw will discuss the natural history of river and sea otters in North America, with a special focus on the river otters of West Seattle! His talk will cover human interactions, population swings, social structure, anatomy and physiology  food preferences, legal status, and current threats.

Buy tickets early to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will sell out.

A Tale of Two Sea Otters – Natural History of River Otters and Sea Otters
Presentation by Leo Shaw
When: Thursday, April 30th, 7PM, Doors open 6:15
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation. (Kids get in free!)
Advance tickets: brown paper tickets.com
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1480625

This is the next in a series Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Seal Sitters, and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org). You otter be there!

About the Speaker

Leo Shaw is a zoologist who served as a Marine Education Specialist with the Seattle Aquarium from 1977 to 2005. Now retired, he continues to work part-time on Beach Naturalist and Citizen Science programs for the Aquarium.

Leo was a board member of the American Cetacean Society Seattle Chapter in the 1980s. He currently volunteers as Science and Education Advisor for Seal Sitters, and as a marine-mammal expert for The Whale Trail. 

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Sea Otter and Pup (Photo by Leo Shaw)

 

Presentation 3/26 – 2015 Killer Whale Research Study with Brad Hanson

New calf L121 and mother L94 with NOAA research ship in background. Photo by Candice Emmons, NWFSC, NOAA Permit #16163

Researchers recently spent 21 days aboard the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, tracking endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Good weather and ocean conditions allowed researchers exceptional access to the whales, including the first sighting of new calf L121, during their winter foraging period.

The winter survey addressed a high research priority to fill a major gap in our understanding of SRKWs life history—where these whales go during the winter, what they do, and what they eat.

Join us 3/26 for  this special presentation by Dr. Brad Hanson, NWFSC lead killer whale researcher.  Be the first to hear what researchers observed, and how data collected on this cruise will help recover J, K and L pods.

This is the first in the 2015 series Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org).

Buy tickets early to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will likely sell out.

When: Thursday March 26, 7 – 8:30 pm.
–Doors open at 6:15
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Presented by The Whale Trail

About the Speaker

Brad Hanson joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in April of 2003. Previously, Brad worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Brad received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he worked on the development of improved tag attachment systems for small cetaceans. He also holds an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Zoology also from the University of Washington. Brad is an ecologist and is currently studying foraging and habitat use of Southern Resident killer whales and health assessment of harbor and Dall’s porpoises.

Marine Wildlife Guidelines

It’s exciting to see marine mammals in the wild! Be prepared for your next outing by reading these guidelines:

Marine Wildlife Guidelines

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