With only 73 orcas remaining among the southern resident pod that forages along the Oregon Coast, state officials are considering adding the orcas to the state's endangered species list. That listing would provide great protections to the orcas and the salmon they eat.
With Chinook salmon numbers dwindling along the Oregon Coast, the southern resident orcas who live in the Pacific Northwest increasingly face the risk of starvation. Oregon has listed the salmon as an endangered species, and now a state commission is petitioning to add the orcas to the same list.
A dead orca has been sighted again, after being adrift at sea for 11 days. The fisherman who spotted the body removed fishing or crabbing gear entangling it, and described it as sport rather than commercial.