Southern Resident orcas are starving to death because their main food source, Chinook salmon, has been depleted due to habitat loss and degradation. The population is at a 30-year low. The first newborn in three years just died after his mother Orca Tahlequah carried him for 17 days and 1,000 miles in a heart wrenching demonstration of grief and mourn... A four-year-old member of Tahlequah’s orca clan is so emaciated that researchers can see her skull through her head. Sadly, researchers are not confident that this orca will survive, dealing potentially another blow to this fragile population that is already facing extinction.
But there may be hope on the horizon. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee formed the Southern Resident Orca Recovery Task Force to develop immediate and long-term actions to save Southern Resident orcas.
We are calling on Governor Inslee @gov@govinslee and the Orca Recovery Task Force members to take these four actions:
1. Prioritize and accelerate habitat restoration for Chinook salmon
2. Increase and secure funding for pollution prevention and clean-up programs
3. Commit to a noise reduction goal with immediate actions to reduce harmful noise
4. Increase and maximize beneficial spill over the lower Snake and Columbia River dams and support actions to remove the four lower Snake River dams.
Please donate to @pnwprotectors & @oceana to help with this pledge 🐋
Let’s keep calling @govinslee ☎️(360) 902-4111
and asking him to breach the lower four snake river dams and to halt all salmon fishing IMMEDIATELY🆘
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