Selected news stories which Orca Behavior Institute contributed to or within which OBI work is referenced


June 23, 2023 ~ Greetings, People of Earth (This American Life – Act Three of the episode, “Yacht Rocked”)

June 15, 2023 ~ Orcas vs. boats: it’s complicated (Seattle Now – podcast)

June 14, 2023 ~ Group of orcas attack and sink vessels off Iberian Peninsula (PBS News Hour)

June 13, 2023 ~ Revenge of the killer whales? Recent boat attacks might be driven by trauma (NPR)

June 6, 2023 ~ How Humans Are Learning to Speak Whale (Atmos)

June 1, 2023 ~ The killer orcas aren’t winning. They could be self-sabotaging (Salon)

May 23, 2023 ~ Orcas sank three boats off the coast of Portugal, but don’t call them ‘killer’ just yet (NBC News)


September 29, 2022 ~ New study demonstrates that commercial whale-watching reduces vessel incidents in the vicinity of killer whales in Washington State (Journal of the San Juan Islands)

August 17, 2022 ~ Endangered orcas’ close call with fuel spill of Victoria a ‘wake-up call’: researcher (Victoria News)

August 14, 2022 ~ Scientists concerned about orcas after diesel, oil spill near San Juan Island (Q13)

July 10, 2022 ~ Orca calf spotted off San Juan Islands, first in K-Pod since 2011 (King5)

June 1, 2022 ~ Recreational boaters fined for getting too close to endangered Southern Resident orcas (Q13)

May 27, 2022 ~ J-Pod back in Salish Sea, with healthy female calf (Times Colonist)

April 2, 2022 ~ Single-Day Record of Bigg’s Killer Whales Spotted in Salish Sea (The Chronicle)

March 2, 2022 ~ New calf J59 born to endangered Southern Resident orcas (Q13)

February 10, 2022 ~ Scientists make final bid to stop Port of Vancouver’s terminal expansion: ‘they can’t mitigate the consequences’ (The Narwhal)

January 12, 2022 ~ Why 2021 was a whale of a year for orca sightings (KUOW)

January 11, 2022 ~ Record number of orca, humpback whales spotted in the Salish Sea (CBC)


October 29, 2021 ~ Record number of Bigg’s killer whale sightings and humpback calves in Salish Sea (KUOW)

October 28, 2021 ~ Salmon study sparks controversy (Puget Sound Institute)

October 14, 2021 ~ Joint response concerning “no apparently shortage of prey for Southern Resident killer whales” in the Salish Sea (OBI)

September 17, 2021 ~ Good, bad news for endangered orcas (Skagit Valley Herald)

September 14, 2021 ~ Three pregnant orcas could boost endangered whales’ numbers (KUOW)

September 8, 2021 ~ Transient orcas set sightings record as population thrives on BC coast (CTV News)

September 8, 2021 ~ New sightings record set after nearly 30 orca whales seen over Labor Day weekend (KIRO7)

July 30, 2021 ~ Orcas’ return to Salish Sea dampened with bad news of one found emaciated (KATU)

July 28, 2021 ~ Resident orcas spotted near San Juan Island after weeks-long absence (KING5)

July 21, 2021 ~ ‘Unprecedented’ absence of southern resident killer whales from Salish Sea concerns researchers (CTV Vancouver Island)

July 20, 2021 ~ 100 days without Js: J-Pod Absent from Core Summer Habitat for 100 Days and Counting (OBI)

July 1, 2021 ~ Heat wave hits NW salmon (KUOW)

January 29, 2021 ~ A group of orca outcasts is now dominating an entire sea (The Atlantic)


December 4, 2020 ~ Whale watching isn’t killing orcas – a lack of salmon is (Crosscut)

September 1, 2020 ~ Rare treat: endangered orcas return to Salish Sea in search of scarce salmon (KUOW)

July 30, 2020 ~ Ping! Orcas threatened by sonar plan, Inslee and enviros tell Navy (KUOW)

July 2, 2020 ~ Chinook salmon decimated, Southern Resident orcas are resident no more (Q13)


October 14, 2019 ~ Rare white killer whale spotted in Washington during mass orca sighting (Newsweek)

July 22, 2019 ~ Researchers Studying Endangered Pacific Northwest Orcas Feel Their Absence (REI)

July 16, 2019 ~ Salish Sea Orcas are going elsewhere for fish (KUOW)

July 7, 2019 ~ Southern resident orcas spotted after unusual absence: length of time away was unprecedented (Peninsula Daily News)

July 6, 2019 ~ Southern Resident killer whales absent from Salish Sea for first June on record (The Islands’ Sounder)

July 5, 2019 ~ Endangered resident killer whales, not seen for a month, spotted off Vancouver Island (CBC News)

July 5, 2019 ~ Researchers encouraged by return of killer whales to Salish Sea, but say food source must be replenished (Globe and Mail)

July 3, 2019 ~ Where are the Southern Resident orcas? Researchers see longest absence ever from summer waters (Seattle Times)

June 28, 2019 ~ Endangered orcas have been missing for 8 weeks. This is unprecedented, researchers say (KUOW)

March 1, 2019 ~ Endangered orca pod seen this week near Anacortes (Anacortes American)

February 26, 2019 ~ Orca groups call for immediate action to save Southern Residents (King5)

June 13, 2018 ~ Southern Resident orcas make late return to the Salish Sea (Anacortes American)


May 29, 2018 ~ Inslee calls Canada pipeline ‘profoundly damaging’, fears for orcas in surprise deal (Seattle Times)

May 18, 2018 ~ OBI announces publication of first peer-reviewed paper (OBI)

April 8, 2018 ~ First Sperm Whale Documented in Inland Washington Waters – Seen and Recorded by OBI (OBI)


December 11, 2017 ~ After rough years for orcas, these recent whale sightings are encouraging (KIRO7)

August 16, 2017 ~ 2017 Letter to Supporters (OBI)


December 1, 2016 ~ Announcement on Michael’s Departure (OBI)

June 22, 2016 ~ Orcas, Under Pressure, Adopt Killer Survival Strategy (Reed Magazine)


September 9, 2015 ~ Baby boom: A fifth orca calf for endangered southern resident pod (Victoria Times-Colonist)

September 7, 2015 ~ PRESS RELEASE: New Orca Calf Underscores Importance of Salmon Recovery (OBI)