Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 6:34 pm
Few people know the orcas of Puget Sound as well as Ken Balcomb.
A researcher with the Center for Whale Research on Washington state's San Juan Island, Balcomb has been studying the whales for more than 30 years.
It takes Balcomb only a few seconds of listening to the squeaks and whistles of underwater whale recordings to recognize the different pods of orcas.
In one recording, Balcomb identifies the group known as the L Pod — the family many people in the area are talking about right now.
Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 1:14 pm
Public health officials have their hands full keeping your clam chowder and raw oysters safe. That's due, in part, to red tides.
Red tides happen nearly every year as coastal waters warm, killing fish and poisoning shellfish along U.S. coasts. They're not actually tides; they're huge blooms of naturally occurring toxic algae.