During the past century, the endangered Southern Resident population of killer whales has fought off multiple threats, including deliberate shootings and live capture for exploitation in marine theme parks. Only about 80 of these whales remain in the wild -- and they need the full protection of the Endangered Species Act to thrive.
The government has protected portions of the orcas' summer habitat in the Puget Sound -- but important offshore areas remain vulnerable. Studies now show the whales travel extensively along the West Coast during the winter and early spring, congregating near coastal rivers to eat salmon. Human activities in and around this region hurt orcas by depleting their food supply, polluting the water, and generating deafening levels of underwater noise.
In January the Center for Biological Diversity formally asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect these coastal waters as critical habitat.
Take action -- urge the Service to follow up on this petition and extend orcas' protections to reflect the latest science documenting their range.
June 13, 2014 Action Alert ID# 151
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