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Southern Resident Orcas



Save southern resident orcas from extinction

Only 74 southern resident orcas remain in Puget Sound and along the coast of Washington – and unless we act fast, these animals could disappear forever.

Southern resident orcas have historically gathered at the mouth of the Columbia River every winter, feeding on big and plentiful salmon runs that supported a healthy orca population. However, a series of dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers have crippled salmon populations, and these orcas have lost a critical food source.

Governor Jay Inslee established the Orca Recovery Task Force to prevent the extinction of this magnificent, imperiled orca population, and the Task Force is currently accepting public comments on its proposed recovery plan.

You can help by submitting your signature to show that you support measures to bring these whales back from the brink of extinction!

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