After 17 days and over 1,000 miles traveled, mother Southern Resident orca Tahlequah is no longer carrying her dead calf. The calf was the only critically endangered Southern Resident orca born in three years and died shortly after birth. This tour of grief was devastating to watch, but it’s all the more devastating to realize that these orcas are headed for extinction – they need your help before they are gone forever.
Only 75 of these orcas remain in the wild, and they are starving to death. Southern Resident orcas’ main food source, Chinook salmon, has been depleted because of habitat loss and degradation. A four-year-old member of Tahlequah’s orca clan is so emaciated that researchers can see her skull through her head. Sadly, researchers are not confident that this orca will survive.
But we know how to help, and this may be our opportunity to do just that. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee formed the Southern Resident Orca Recovery Task Force to develop immediate and long-term actions to save Southern Resident orcas. With your generous donation, you will help Oceana defend critical protections for marine mammals and advocate for our science-backed actions to rescue Southern Resident orcas.
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