Killer Whales Face Challenges for Survival

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The Islands Sounder, which serves Washington State, wrote about a new podcast Pod of Orcas: Saving Southern Resident Killer Whales that launched April 1. The show looks at the challenges to survival that face the approximately 75 southern resident Killer Whales that remain in the wild.

The series is hosted by Justin Cox, SeaDoc Society Communications Manager which is a donor-funded nonprofit based on Orcas Island.

He says the Orcas face three main challenges:

  1. Their sole food source, salmon, has plummeted in the Salish Sea.

2. Shipping traffic and boat noise have made the sea louder.

3. Humans have released contaminants in the water and scientists are finding high concentrations of them in killer whales after their deaths.

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