| October 17, 2018: |
The latest effort to free Lolita, the last southern-resident killer whale from Washington state waters still alive in captivity, has been rejected by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a decision Tuesday rejected a petition to reopen a lawsuit over the treatment of Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium, where she lives in the country’s smallest orca aquarium.
Source: Seattle Times
| September 25, 2018: |
Morgan gave birth at Loro Parque last Saturday. The gender of her calf is not known yet. Loro Parque obtained Morgan via a controversial decision by a Dutch court, after the young orca had been discovered malnourished and disoriented on the Dutch coast.
Note September 27, 2018: it's a girl.
| August 6, 2018: |
Two more young orcas have been ripped from their family in Russian waters. No further details are known at this time but it can be assumed that these whales will be sold to the growing Chinese market.
Source: Erich Hoyt
| April 6, 2018: |
Dominant female Katina suffered a severe injury to her dorsal fin while interacting with her tank mates at SeaWorld Florida. The exact details of the incident are not known (what, no CCTV?). She's currently separated from some of the other orcas to receive treatment for her wound, but is together with her younger offspring Nalani and Makaio. It has to be seen what this development means for her status within the group.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
| March 14, 2018: |
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