New research reveals the number of the Orca population in Puget Sound is dwindling — especially among reproductive age males.
“That’s clear, they’re not recovering,” said Bruce Stedman, who heads-up the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance.
He points to numbers from the Center for Whale Research and NOAA, which Stedman claims since 2009, the number of reproductive-age males is down 26 percent, and there are only 14 reproductive age male Orca left.
And he worries if those numbers don’t get better soon, the result could be devastating.
“Slowly but surely, they would go extinct,” Stedman said. “That’s the worry.”
Lynne Barre with NOAA says a combination of three causes threatens the Orca population: She says reproductive-age males need more calories, but there are fewer numbers of Chinook salmon for them to eat. More and more Ocra tour boats increase stress levels in Orca, and when an Orca goes hungry, its body consumes its own blubber, which is full of toxins PCBs and DDTs.
Just this summer, a 25-year-old male Orca went missing and is presumed dead. Research released in September showed a slight decline in reproductive-age females too.
Barre says NOAA is watching for new salmon runs along the newly un-dammed Elwha River to help feed the male Orca, but cleaning-up polluted Puget Sound is a tougher challenge.
“There should be a place where there is more space for them to have quiet some of the time,” Stedman said. NOAA discussed creating an Orca safe zone in the Sound a few years ago, but the plan ultimately fizzled-out
Stedman’s group is now fighting anew for an Orca safe zone in the Sound, but there’s also this glimmer of hope: The research also shows an 66-percent increase in the number of juvenile male Orca.
NOAA says that could mean in a year or two, the population could be OK, but nobody will know until then.
SCUBAPRO Free Octopus Promotion 2023
Free Octopus with every purchase of a SCUBAPRO regulator system
Just in time for the festive season, divers can save money again with the FREE OCTOPUS winter promotion! Until December 31st SCUBAPRO offers one of the two new Octopus models S270 or R105 for free with every purchase of a regulator system!
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Indo siren destroyed by fire
Indo Siren, a vessel from the Master Liveaboards Fleet, has been destroyed by a fire this morning. Thankfully, all guests and crew members are safe.
Master Liveaboards have released the following statement:
During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, on the morning of 30th November, a fire broke
out on Indo Siren. At the current time we are still assessing the events around the incident,
and will be working with authorities, so cannot currently comment further.
All guests and staff departed the boat, without further incident. They are now with our
ground crew who have organised accommodations while we assist with all their other
needs going forwards.
We are currently evaluating the issues created by the fire on upcoming trips. Guests who
are likely to be affected by enforced cancellations or changes will be contacted in due time
when plans are finalised.
We are incredibly grateful that this incident was not more serious and that everyone who
was onboard, both crew and guests, are safe and well.
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