Washington's Bold Plan to Save Its Orcas

The little orca known as Scarlet is dead. Will her death be a turning point for the Northwest's endangered Southern Resident killer whales? Washington State governor Jay Inslee is proposing strong action.

Bob Friel
Jan 23, 2019

Orcas in the Mist

The Pacific Northwest’s Southern Resident killer whales are dying. And it's our fault.

Bob Friel
Aug 27, 2018

Seaworld to End Killer Whale Shows

SeaWorld's new CEO made a shocking announcement today about the future of its entertainment and breeding programs for killer whales. But what does that really mean for the future of its animals in captivity?

Tim Zimmermann
Mar 17, 2016

A Surge In Wild Orca Capture for Killer Whale Shows

In the past two months 7 wild orcas have been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk for the purposes of stocking aquariums and water parks. These are the first wild orca caught in more than a decade, making it clear that Russian fishermen are earnest about reviving the wild capture trade.

Tim Zimmermann
Nov 8, 2013

Blood in the Water

On December 24, 2009, a 6,600-pound orca killed trainer Alexis Martínez at a marine park in the Canary Islands. Two months later, trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by an orca at SeaWorld Orlando. With the OSHA trial on trainer safety at SeaWorld Orlando starting September 19, Tim Zimmermann asks: Should Martínez’s death have served as a warning about the lethal potential of killer whales being trained for our entertainment?

Tim Zimmermann
Jul 15, 2011

The Killer in the Pool

He glanced through the glass and saw Tilikum staring back, with what appeared to be two human feet hanging down his side. There was a nude body draped across Tilikum’s back.

Tim Zimmermann
Jul 30, 2010