Killer Whale Population Decreasing At an Alarming Rate

September 1, 2014 12:32 PM

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Killer Whale Population Decreasing At an Alarming Rate

The population of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound, off the US state of Washington, is on the decline so much so that their current recorded number is the lowest in the last 29 years. Birth of no new calves since 2012 and the natural death of two adult whales can be blamed for the decline.

A census by the Centre for Whale Research has revealed that the number of whales in three ponds named J, K and L has dropped to 78, a number that has not been witnessed since 1985. Ken Balcomb, a researcher at this centre, has been observing these Puget Sound orcas or southern residents as they're k...

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