Canadian navy may have killed killer whale

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. agency is investigating whether a killer whale found washed up on a beach was killed by the Canadian navy during training exercises, officials say.

Canada intercepts shipload of migrants

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Canadian officials say they are investigating a suspected case of people smuggling off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

No jury for whaling trial

TACOMA, Wash., May 16 (UPI) -- A tribal judge with the Makah Nation in Washington state had to give up prosecuting five men for illegally killing a gray whale because he could not get a jury.

Native whalers plead guilty in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash., March 28 (UPI) -- Three Native American whalers pleaded guilty in Tacoma, Wash., federal court Friday to charges of unlawfully harpooning a gray whale.

Cascadia forearc earthquakes studied

CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. geologists have reported evidence of probable low-angle thrust earthquakes on the Juan de Fuca-North America plate boundary.

Chief: Whale killing damages Makah case

PORT ANGELES, Wash., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The illegal killing of a whale off the coast of Washington state has damaged the Makah's case to resume legal whaling, the tribe's chairman said.

Whale killed in rogue tribal hunt

SEATTLE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Five members of the Makah Nation tribe were taken into custody after allegedly killing a California gray whale off the coast of Washington.

Pacific Northwest tectonic plates move

CORVALLIS, Ore., April 12 (UPI) -- Oregon State University scientists say the three major tectonic plates off the Pacific Northwest coast are undergoing a gradual shift.

Japanese shipwreck adds to quake evidence

SEATTLE, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A Japanese shipwreck in 1700 may finally establish a great earthquake tore the sea floor off the coast of Washington the same year.
Juan de Fuca
VIC98052901 - 29 MAY 1998 - VICTORIA, B.C. CANADA: Talzo Uchimura of Japan sprints to an eigth place finish in the World Cup Track Cycling finals of the men's 1.0 km Time Trials at Victoria's Juan de Fuca Velodrome, May 28th. hr/cs/H. Ruckemann UPI

Ioánnis Fokás (Greek: Ιωάννης Φωκάς), better known by the Spanish transcription of his name, Juan de Fuca (born 1536 on the Ionian island of Kefallonia; died there 1602), was a Greek maritime pilot in the service of the Spanish king Philip II, best known for his claim to have explored the Strait of Anián, now known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Fokás's grandfather, Emmanouíl Fokás (Gk: Εμμανουήλ Φωκάς), fled Constantinople at its fall in 1453, accompanied by his brother Andrónikos (Gk: Ανδρόνικος). The two settled first in the Peloponnese where Andrónikos remained, but in 1470 Emmanouíl moved to the island of Kefallonia. Iákovos (Gk: Ιάκωβος), Ioánnis's father, established himself in the village of Valeriáno (Gk: Βαλεριάνο) on the island, and came to be known as "the Valeriáno Fokás" (Gk: ο Φωκάς ο Βαλεριάνος) to distinguish him from his brothers.

It was in this village of Valeriáno that Fokás was born in 1536; little to nothing is known about his life before he entered the service of Spain, some time around 1555.

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