Two Southern Resident Killer Whales Presumed Dead – Population Drops to 78

The Center for Whale Research is confirming the deaths of two L pod members of the Endangered population of Southern Resident Killer Whales.

This brings the population down to 78 members total across all three pods (Js, Ks, and Ls). 


L53 was born in 1977, a 37- year old female which had no offspring or immediate family living. Her mother (L7) died in 2010. L53 was from the L37 Matriline. (Photo: Center for Whale Research).





L100 was born in 2001, a 13-year old male. He was born to L54, and had two siblings, L108 (DOB, 2006, Male), and L117 (DOB, 2010. Sex unknown). L100 was from the L54 Matriline. (Photo: Center for Whale Research).


About orcaconservancy

Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working on behalf of orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Successful Petitioner and Litigant in historic U.S. District Court case to list Southern Resident orcas as "Endangered" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act -- the first-ever federal protection for the population. Leader in the Springer Project, the first-ever successful translocation and reintroduction of a wild killer whale, a rescue that captured the attention of the world.
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