Orca Numbers Dropping in the Pacific Northwest
The Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas) that call Puget Sound home are critically endangered. In the past few months alone, three of our local orcas died from a combination of malnutrition, polluted waters, and stress from local boat traffic, bringing the population down to only 73 orcas.
The single biggest threat to our local orca whales is the fact their primary food source, Chinook Salmon, are also endangered. Salmon comprise 80% of their diet, but Puget Sound salmon populations are a fraction of what they used to be. Conservation Districts around the state, along with dozens of non-profit and agency partners, are coming together to offer the second annual Orca Recovery Day to provide citizens the chance to take action on this critical issue.