30 Jan '18, 8pm

Petitioning Canada to Save Iconic Whales

Petitioning Canada to Save Iconic Whales

Today NRDC, together with our Canadian partners, petitioned the Trudeau government for emergency action in the case of southern resident killer whales. Few wildlife species are as iconic as the resident killer whales that inhabit the Salish Sea, off Washington State and British Columbia. They are revered in the culture of the region’s First Nations, and beloved throughout the Pacific Northwest by people who know them less as anonymous wildlife than as individuals. They are also critically endangered. As I’ve written before, a lack of food caused by our damming of rivers and depletion of salmon stocks has compromised the whales’ ability to produce new calves, and we’ve made their foraging still more difficult by flooding their waters with noise. The southern residents have dwindled now to 76 individual whales, the lowest number seen in three decades. Many believe they’ve en...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/michael-jasny/petitioning-ca...

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