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Low Orca Birth Rates Linked to Lack of Chinook Salmon

Offbeat  (tags: orcas, low birthrate, chinock salmon, killer whales, endangered, British Columbia, Washington State, fish, animals, environment, wildlife )

- 472 days ago -
Endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state and British Columbia are having pregnancy problems because they cannot find enough fish to eat, according to a new study.


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MmAway M (514)
Saturday July 1, 2017, 12:12 pm
TY Lone
"The study found 24 unsuccessful pregnancies. No calves were seen in those cases, indicating that the whales lost the babies or the calves died shortly after birth. Those females showed signs of nutritional stress — more so than those who gave birth successfully."

Animae C (507)
Saturday July 1, 2017, 4:58 pm
"The whales face threats from a lack of food, pollution and boats."
"Chinook salmon are listed as threatened or endangered due to a host of factors, including loss of habitat from urban development, dams, fishing, pollution and competition from non-native fish."


Past Member (0)
Sunday July 2, 2017, 11:29 am
Sure they're hungry coz our putrid population is eating all the salmon+fish. We're appalling.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday July 2, 2017, 11:34 am
Noted, Thank you

SylvieBusy A (194)
Monday July 3, 2017, 3:30 am
Noted. Thank you
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