Death of breeding-age male orca worries scientists – Times Colonist

The recent appearance of two dead whales off Vancouver Island — one infant and one young adult — has whale researchers concerned about the population. Of the two, researchers are mostly worried about the death of the adult, a male known as L95, which at 20 was just entering prime breeding age. The death of the calf, a female about two weeks old, is not unusual. John Ford, whale research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said the loss of any adult of breeding age is worrisome, with the overall population of southern resident killer whales down to about 82. Richard Watts reports. (Times Colonist)

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