Census: Orca population in Puget Sound falling

August 31, 2014 10:47 PM

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Census: Orca population in Puget Sound falling

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — With two new deaths this year and no new calves since 2012, the population of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound continues to decline.

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. Adding to the concerns, the whales appear to be "splintering" from their pods, which are their basic social groups.

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