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“All things are connected. People are connected, too.” – Chief Seattle

With the passing of J50 “Scarlet”, only 74 southern resident orcas remain. 74. This is what extinction looks like. In order for these orcas to survive their food source, chinook salmon, must be replenished by breaching the 4 lower snake river dams. It is our only hope, and Scarlet’s death must not be in vain. There has not been a surviving calf in 4 years and without our help and our combined voices the Southern Resident killer whale population faces sure extinction. Please consider calling Gov. Inslee to encourage the dams be breached in 2018. (360)-902-4111

J50 Scarlet Charity Sticker

J50 Scarlet Charity Sticker:


My charity sticker featuring J50 Scarlet is now available on my Etsy store! All net proceeds will be donated to The Center for Whale Research.

tepiddreamer: As most of us are just learning …


As most of us are just learning that J50 may have succumbed to a long drawn out starvation, it is now that in her death that the most action must be taken. We cannot let the SRKWs fade away, in the last 2 months the ailing group of orcas has been receiving more news attention than ever, but we cannot let that attention waiver.

Breach the Snake Dams
Restore the Chinook Salmon population
Save the SRKW

I don’t care what side you are on, no one is throwing money or leaning on politics to capture these whales. We know what must be done, now it is just finding the right leverage to make the proper decisions. They will stay right where they are, but will continue to die off if something isn’t done now. These whales do no have tomorrow, 74 individuals will be extinct before we know it.



J50 Scarlet was announced gone by the CWR
I really don’t have words for the whole situation anymore and I don’t know what to feel. These whales are starving to death and it’s not like we can’t do anything about this. We can breach the dams. We can reduce noise pollution. But the wild mass of people is filled with general apathy and if that doesn’t change, if we don’t get up and do what we have to do, those whales will go extinct far too soon. 
I drew this piece of J50 Scarlet and her mom J16 Slick for @derangedhyena-delphinidae‘s SRKW zine “Those Who Remain” back in December. Scarlet was a small beacon of hope when she was born in late 2014 into this ailing community. I can just hope that she will be the last SRKW to die of preventable causes. 

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orcacharm: J18 Everett


J18 Everett

J18 was the first calf and only son of J10 Tahoma. He was born in 1977 and was very close to his mother and grandmother J9 Neah. Over the years, J18 gained two younger sister. The first was J20 Ewok who was born in 1981 and his youngest sister, J22 Oreo, was born in 1985. The same year J22 was born, his grandmother J9 disappeared.

The J10′s were a very tight knit pod and could almost always be seen together. J18 became an uncle for the first time in 1996 when J20 gave birth to a female calf: J32 Rhapsody. He was very caring towards the new calf in the pod and often “babysat” her while his sister hunted down salmon. He became an uncle again in 1998 when his youngest sister gave birth to a son, J34 Doublestuf, who bore a striking resemblance to J18. 

The same year that his nephew was born, his sister J20 Ewok disappeared. J18 was quick to adopt her daughter while his youngest sister was busy with her newborn calf. They were almost inseparable with one was rarely seen without the other swimming by their side.  

In late 1999, his mother J10 Tahoma disappeared. Not long after, he himself passed away at the age of 22 and washed ashore in Tsawassen, Canada leaving his 14 year old sister to care for two young calves by herself. A necropsy revealed that an infected cut caused blood poisoning. Not only that but he had an extremely high level of toxins in his body as well as a nonexistent sperm count. This led researchers to ponder about the effect that pollution was having on the genetic diversity among the SRKW population. 

Today, only two members of his pod are still alive: his youngest sister J22 Oreo and her son J38 Cookie. The young niece and nephew that he helped raise passed away in 2014 and 2016 respectively. 


Quotes from NOAA about the SRKWs




“Yes, it would be better if there was more food, however these whales seem to be finding enough food.” 

“If your plan for the orcas’ survival is based on breaching the Snake River dams, you will watch the orcas go extinct.”

While I agree that the dams are not the only issue at play here, denying that they play a major impact on the Chinook salmon population as well as denying that the SRKWs are starving when the transients are doing just fine is absolutely ridiculous. NOAA, it’s time for you to start listening to the Center for Whale Research. They know these whales far better than you do. You already killer L95 Nigel with your negligence, don’t be the reason anymore die.  

The whales aren’t starving? Weren’t these guys supposed to be scientists?

I would like to point out that NOAA is a large multidisciplinary agency and that the biologists work for a different section than the managers do. It is the job of the biologists to study the animals, figure out what the problems are, and then provide managers with the evidence needed to create effective management. It is the job of the managers to actually use that information and make decisions.

This is my general plea to not go after the biologists for NOAA. They have collected much of the data that has shown us what the problems the SRKW are facing (prey depletion, vessel/noise disturbance, and toxins). I truly do not believe they are the people we need to be upset with. By all means, be upset with NOAA management (I am upset too!) because it’s clear they are not doing their jobs.

Regarding the first quote, it was taken from an email response NOAA sent to somebody who contacted them about the SRKW. We do not know who from NOAA is replying to inquiries about the SRKW but I suspect it’s likely a PR or public outreach employee. It’s important to give these quotes some context.

I really like this comment from Robin Baird I saw on a Facebook post regarding NOAA actions For those that don’t know, Baird is a marine mammal biologist that has studied killer whales (including the SRKW) in great detail:

Your comments, and many other comments on this thread (and on this topic in general) imply that NOAA can and should do one thing and one thing only, and that they somehow have the power to do whatever they want, regardless of what ranchers and farmers want, what power companies want, and what state and tribal and local governments want. Any decision by NOAA can be challenged in court, and while you and I may think we know what needs to be done, unless you get the ranchers, farmers, fishing interests, tribes, and power companies on board (and probably a few other groups that I’ve forgotten about), any one of those groups could (and probably would) challenge any action in court. You should know that researchers and managers work for different parts of the agency and the job of the researchers is to build the evidence needed for effective management. It is the job of the managers to act on the evidence. Whether they act is another question, and that can be influenced by politics and the administration. Has everyone forgotten what the current administration has said and done in regards to environmental regulations since the administration came in?. As I’ve said in another posting, I don’t think complaining, or attacking NOAA (or any of the other constituents interested in water, or fish) is the solution. I think you should all use all this righteous indignation strategically.”

I believe he makes a very good point at not throwing all of our anger at NOAA. What about the politicians? Special interest groups? The physical act of breaching the Snake River Dams might be relatively straightforward but the politics surrounding it are not. As Baird pointed out, farmers and energy companies may not be so supportive of breaching the dams. How can we reach out to them and convince them that this needs to be done? What sort of political blocks need to be addressed? How is the current administration under Trump influencing NOAA management decision? How can we efficiently force NOAA management to take proper action in restoring salmon populations and habitat?

I don’t know the answers to all of these questions, but I can be sure that screaming at NOAA and NOAA alone is not effective.

Ailing orca J50 declared dead by scientists

Ailing orca J50 declared dead by scientists:



The head of the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island in Washington state has declared J50 dead.

Ken Balcomb, the centre’s senior scientist and president, declared the young orca dead at 5 p.m PT Thursday after a search for the whale by boat, plane and from shore failed to spot her.

J50 was last seen Friday evening.

The southern resident killer whales, which are so endangered there are just 75 individuals left, swim between Canadian and U.S. waters to Seattle and Vancouver ports through busy shipping lanes.

Continue Reading.

Friendly reminder that if the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion is built it will likely spell the extinction for this endangered group of whales:

Oil vs orcas: Trans Mountain opponents tell federal court tanker traffic endangers whales

Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink

What whale experts are saying about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project

hugo-todd: b3n3aththesurfac3: 6/23/15 – A be…



6/23/15 – A beautiful encounter with J pod off of Whidbey Island. I just love these adorable shots of young J50 breaching and playing!

Rest in peace little baby 💙



“The message brought by J50, and by J35 and her dead calf a few weeks ago, is that the SRKW are running out of reproductive capacity and extinction of this population is looming, while the humans convene task forces and conference calls that result in nothing, or worse than nothing, diverting attention and resources from solving the underlying ecological problems that will ultimately make this once-productive region unlivable for all.”

-Center for Whale Research