Census : Orca population in Puget Sound declining

September 1, 2014 10:23 AM

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Census : Orca population in Puget Sound declining

The number of whales in J, K and L pods has dropped to 78, a level not seen since 1985, according to a census by the Center for Whale Research (CWR). Adding to the concerns, the whales appear to be “splintering” from their pods, which are their basic social groups.

Since 1976, Ken Balcomb of the research centre has been observing the Puget Sound orcas, or southern residents as they’re known among scientists. Mr Balcomb compiles an annual census of the population for submission to the federal government.

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