marine mammals

Oregon State University / Marine Mammal Institute, OSU

It’s common for kids to do headstands and blow bubbles. But whales? Marine researchers are seeing these creatures in a different light thanks to unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Jim Rice / Oregon State University

An outbreak of a bacterial disease has caused sick or dead sea lions to wash up on Oregon and California beaches.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Scientists have found dozens of poisoned dolphins, whales and sea lions off the West Coast this year. They tested positive for a toxin caused by a massive algae bloom.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium Adopts Harbor Seals

Mar 11, 2015
Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport adopted three harbor seals from California this winter. The aquarium wanted the younger mammals to join their older seal population.

Miller, Tater and Elvis are 19, 20 and 21 years old, which isn't very young for harbor seals, but the Newport Aquarium's oldest harbor seal is turning 40 this year. Spokeswoman Erin Paxton says the aquarium uses positive reinforcement to train their marine mammals which allows them to communicate with their trainers.