Back from the Brink – Can the Vanquita be Saved?

This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts.

This news serves as an alarming reminder that the southern resident killer whales are on the brink. One major threat to these animals is a reduction in prey availability, namely Chinook salmon which comprises over 80% of their diet in the core waters of their Critical Habitat: Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the inland reach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts.

One major threat to these animals is a reduction in prey availability, namely Chinook salmon which comprises over 80% of their diet in the core waters of their Critical Habitat: Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the inland reach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts.

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Photo: Gray White Tail

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Photo: Common Dolphin

This news serves as an alarming reminder that the southern resident killer whales are on the brink. One major threat to these animals is a reduction in prey availability, namely Chinook salmon which comprises over 80% of their diet in the core waters of their Critical Habitat: Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the inland reach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts.

One major threat to these animals is a reduction in prey availability, namely Chinook salmon which comprises over 80% of their diet in the core waters of their Critical Habitat

This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts. This news serves as an alarming reminder that the southern resident killer whales are on the brink. One major threat to these animals is a reduction in prey availability, namely Chinook salmon which comprises over 80% of their diet in the core waters of their Critical Habitat: Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the inland reach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one
has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts.

One major threat to these animals is a reduction in prey availability, namely Chinook salmon which comprises over 80% of their diet in the core waters of their Critical Habitat: Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the inland reach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This summer, three members of the southers resident killer whale population went missing are presumed dead. No one has seen them in months, despite widespread monitoring efforts.