Orca Network News - October, 2010

News, updates and events about
the Southern Resident orcas,
orcas worldwide, and their habitats
October 1, 2010 through October 31, 2010.

No sign of whale that beached itself this summer
October 19, 2010 (Everett Herald)
Scientists were certain a gray whale that beached itself three times last summer off the shores of Everett and Tulalip would die.
It didn't make sense to put a transmitter on a creature that seemed so weak.
Plans were being made for a necropsy.
A whale expert from the East Coast was on standby to fly across the country to study the whale after its death.
He never got the chance.
That's because the 40-ton creature simply disappeared.
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Would tidal turbines' electromagnetic fields affect sea life? Sequim lab wants to know
October 5, 2010 (Peninsula Daily News)
While there is plenty of research and information about how electromagnetic fields from power lines affect animal life on land, it is unknown how marine life would respond to tidal turbines on the ocean floor.
That's why super-sized electromagnetic coils are being used in an experiment in the aquatic lab at the Sequim Marine Research Operation for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory near the mouth of Sequim Bay, said Charlie Brandt, the lab's director.
The extensive research project will help explain how fish and invertebrates -- such as salmon, halibut, crabs and sea anemones -- respond to exposure to electromagnetism, and whether it affects their behavior, including reproduction and growth.
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SeaWorld's killer whale Kalina dies unexpectedly
October 4, 2010 (NPR)
SeaWorld officials report that Kalina, a 25-year-old killer whale at the Orlando theme park, died Monday, Oct. 4, after a sudden illness.
A necropsy will be performed, but the cause of her unexpected death likely will not be known for as long as six weeks.
According to park veterinarians, Kalina showed no signs of illness as recently as Friday and had good appetite on Sunday, Oct. 3. She began showing signs of discomfort Monday afternoon and died suddenly in the early evening.
Kalina was SeaWorld's first successful birth in the park's breeding program; she was born Sept. 26, 1985, to Katina. In 2004, Kalina gave birth to her fourth calf.

Wind, tides hold economic potential, top lab chief says
October 3, 2010 (Peninsula Daily News)
Wind and tides are potential windfalls for the North Olympic Peninsula, says the director of the Sequim Marine Research Operation for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The development, construction and deployment of tidal and offshore wind energy generators offer huge economic potential, said Charlie Brandt, the lab's top executive officer.
Brandt and Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Jeff Robb both said the port has the facilities to build offshore wind turbines with components so large they have to be close to the coast for barging out to sea.
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