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Conservationists mourn loss of sick orca

The emaciated and ailing killer whale known as J50 or Scarlet has disappeared from her family group, and experts presume that she’s dead. Nevertheless, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its partners are continuing the effort to find her, … Continue reading

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Chinook salmon are shrinking – but why?

King salmon, the big fish that are famous in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, are shrinking — not only in numbers, but in size as well. A study published today in the journal Fish and Fisheries has found that the largest and oldest … Continue reading

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Killer whale woes linked to salmon shortage

What’s killing the killer whales? After following the whales and analyzing their poop for years, scientists say the Pacific Northwest’s population is dwindling primarily due to a chronic lack of Chinook salmon. The killer whales, also known as orcas, aren’t … Continue reading

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