Orcas in Peril, Part I: An Ocean Empty of Food

Southern Resident killer whales of the Salish Sea face many challenges, but the threat of death from starvation is especially dire. But there is a solution—and we need to help make it happen.


This is the first of a series that explains the challenges that Southern Resident killer whales face, including PCBs and shipping noise.

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Western Dispatch

The plight of the Southern Resident orcas is bringing together a coalition of state and tribal leaders, scientists, and grassroots communities to avert a looming extinction.

onEarth Story

We can’t help but see ourselves when we reflect on the familiar behaviors of animals. But endangered species need more than our empathy.

Explainer

Southern Resident orcas face many threats in the Northwest, but giving them more salmon could remedy most of them.

Rockies Dispatch

As the fish disappear, native peoples are looking for solutions lest they lose a way of life too.

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onEarth Story

Orcas in the Pacific Northwest are struggling to boost their numbers. Could dams have something to do with it?

NRDC in Action

Oregon-based NRDC attorney Giulia Good Stefani is living her dream by working to protect orcas off her coast and vaquitas in the Gulf of California.

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