As a whole species they are not yet critically
endangered, but they are
a threatened species. And some local Orca populations are
endangered such as the Resident Orcas of the Salish Sea, (Puget Sound).
I live on the edge of the Salish Sea. Just last night 3/6/15, I picked
up a local newspaper, (Peninsula Daily News) and the front page had Good News for local Orcas!
NOAA Fisheries Researchers aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration vessel returned this week after tracking and studying
endangered Orcas off coast for 21 days. They wanted to find out where
they go during the winter, what they eat and what risks they encounter.
"The data and other research will help determine what critical areas
offshore need to be protected for the whales....The National Marine
Fisheries Service is considering whether to expand protections for the
orcas to include offshore areas from Cape Flattery, (WA), to Point
Reyes, Calif." The inland waters of Washington are already designated
as "critical" to Orca conservation.
The researchers uses satellite tags to track the Orcas as they swam
about 100 miles, 10-15 miles offshore, along the Washington coast and
as far south as central Oregon. They were
also able to collect data about their travels and diet. They
even recorded Orca
sounds with hydrophones, (under-water microphones).
One of the highlights of the trip was the discovery of a new baby Orca-
the third baby documented this winter! Another highlight was observing
groups of whales reuniting offshore.
To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/CenterForWhaleResearch
Here is one way you could help
save these endangered orcas!
Make donations to the
Center for Whale Research
Friday Harbor, WA
who is working hard to protect these whales! Another way to help is to purchase one of the products below.
Then you can wear, use or share your item and spread awareness by
telling your friends about the endangered orcas!
We have to work together to make a difference!
Check out this story about one of the other new babies born this winter!
Local Public TV station KCTS9
does a story on L120