As WDC's office in North America enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday season with family and friends, we would like to take some time to honor the members of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community who were lost this year. Southern Resident orcas are incredibly social and family-oriented, and most offspring, both male and female, stay with or very close to their mother for their
The Southern Resident orcas are starving to death.
In troubling news out of the Pacific Northwest, the Center for Whale Research announced this week that one of the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, Samish (J14) is missing and is presumed dead. Samish is a 42-year-old matriarch in J pod, well-known to orca researchers and whale watchers in the area. For these tightly-knit, family-oriented whales, a sighting of a famil
April 6, 2016: A win for the endangered orcas
After nearly a decade of negotiations and multiple efforts to have legislation passed by Congress, PacifiCorp, the company that owns four dams on the Klamath River of Oregon and California, has signed an agreement to remove the four Klamath River dams by 2020!
WDC is saddened to share the news from our colleagues at the Center for Whale Research (CWR) that newest calf in the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population, J55, is missing and presumed dead. J55 was first seen in mid-January swimming with the J14 family group. His or her
Primary Threat #1: Depleted Salmon Stocks
Sadly, another year has ended with no Congressional action on the Klamath agreements, and this time it spells serious trouble for the future of this historic compromise. A key component of the Klamath agreements is the removal of four dams on the Klamath River, a much-needed st
Last week, in the midst of the largest gathering of marine mammal scientists in the world (more on that later!), we learned that the Center for Whale Research had confirmed the seventh new calf this year in the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community.