Category: southern resident killer whales



Lawsuit Aims to Protect West Coast Salmon for Starving Orcas

Wild Fish Conservancy – April 3, 2019

The Center for Biological Diversity and Wild Fish Conservancy sued the Trump administration today for mismanaging West Coast salmon fisheries and harming critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales, a violation of the Endangered Species Act. That orca population has dropped to just 75 individuals, mostly because declining salmon runs have left them without enough to eat.

Today’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Western District of Washington. It seeks to compel the National Marine Fisheries Service to assess and reduce the threat to the endangered orcas from salmon fishing off Washington, Oregon and California. Southern Residents are also threatened by pollution and disturbance from vessel traffic.

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J34 in the Strait of Georgia. This was a very special evening with a super pod, sunset, light winds, vocalizing whales, and good friends. The whales were pretty much right outside our office so we all loaded up into the boat and drifted with almost the entire southern resident population as they foraged for chinook at the mouth of the Fraser River.

csnews: J34 skeleton goes on display


J34 skeleton goes on display

Marine Connection – April 12, 2019

The skeleton of J34, a male southern resident killer whale found dead in December 2016, will soon be on display for the public to view as an exhibit at the Tems Swiya Museum, British Columbia.

Weighing 450 pounds and approximately 22 feet long, the skeleton is all that’s left of the large male orca who was discovered floating near the Trail Islands. A preliminary necropsy attributed the whale’s death to blunt force trauma to the dorsal side which could have been caused by a boat. The whale was only 18 years old and a member of the J pod group of the southern resident killer whale population.

The exhibit will open Monday, April 15 2019.

thenib: Overfishing, pollution, and urban deve…


Overfishing, pollution, and urban development are causing the Resident Orca population in the Pacific Northwest to plummet. Read Levi Hastings on how Orcas are swimming towards extinction.



“Ken Balcomb was with J pod on April 7. J17 has improved and showed little sign of the peanut-head condition that had us very worried during an encounter with her on New Year’s Eve.” –CWR

uselessmachine: Some people offered up answ…


Some people offered up answers.
We made out like we heard, they were only words.
They didn’t add up to a change in the way we were living,
And the saddest thing is all of it could have been avoided.

But it was like to stop consuming is to stop being human,
You’ll want to make a change if you won’t.
We’re all in the same boat, staying afloat for the moment.


a piece dedicated to the Southern Resident Killer Whales. (no individuals in particular are pictured here, but I did reference their general markings from photographs)



New L pod baby with L pod elder L25 Ocean Sun (Center for Whale Research)

cetuselena: To think that I wasn’t going to go…


To think that I wasn’t going to go out today, this encounter is still unbelievable. Lpod in Monterey bay, CA.


theblackcatsays: J35 Tahlequah breaches on Ma…


J35 Tahlequah breaches on March 26, 2019

Photo by David Ellifrit (x)

taslishaw: L92 “Crewser” off Salmon Bank in 2…


L92 “Crewser” off Salmon Bank in 2013.

I was going through old photos yesterday and reminiscing about all the time spent with these whales and how much these encounters have changed in a short period of time. We don’t often see them in big socializing groups anymore, and more often than not they are spread out over many miles foraging. We can speculate that this is a reflection of less prey leading to less time to dilly dally and play with each other.

We did experience a “classic” southern resident social group yesterday evening which I got video of and will happily share later 🌎💙 #nofishnoblackfish #srkw #jpod #protectwhatyoulove #lpod #killerwhale #nature