Food scarcity could threaten Northwest’s orca baby boom

By Jillian Raftery
KIRO Radio Reporter
December 11, 2015

The Northwest orca population has been going through a baby boom, with seven calves born in just the last year. It’s more than we’ve seen in decades.

To understand why this is a near-miracle for the endangered southern resident orca whales that swim between Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Pacific Ocean, it’s important to understand how hard it is for calves to survive past infancy. Read the article…