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3 orcas dead, 1 starving: Task force’s job increasingly ‘urgent’
Click here to comment on the task force's proposals. SEATTLE -- Less than one day after the governor's southern resident killer whale task force publicly released its draft report, more bad news came from the critically-endangered species. NOAA Fisheries recognized the declining health of K25, a 27-year-old orca male who lost his mother last year. Female southern residents typically share prey with their male offspring to help them meet the energy requirements of their larger bodies. Without his mother's help, aerial images show K25 is dramatically thinner than two years ago. NOAA's Lynne Barre called it 'a warning signal.'