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BELUGA WHALE SANCTUARY UPDATE:  Little Grey and Little White arrive safely after move to bay care area

BELUGA WHALE SANCTUARY UPDATE: Little Grey and Little White arrive safely after move to bay care area

We can now confirm that two beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, are now...
Vessel Speed Limits Sought to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

Vessel Speed Limits Sought to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

"What we are asking for are essentially school zones along our coast, areas where vessels...
Columbia-Snake Rivers plan condemned as failure for salmon, Tribes, communities

Columbia-Snake Rivers plan condemned as failure for salmon, Tribes, communities

"We recognize our responsibility to help save them from extinction, and stand ready to do...
Tahlequah’s Pregnancy and Why I’m Cautiously Optimistic

Tahlequah’s Pregnancy and Why I’m Cautiously Optimistic

Photo taken under NMFS Permit #19091 SR3/NOAA/SEA The summer of 2018 was perhaps one of...

Orca Calf Found Dead in Canada

An approximately 2-month-old female orca calf was found near Tofino, British Columbia just before Christmas Day last week.  The immediate fear, of course, was that the calf was one of eight new babies born to the Southern Residents in the past year – a remarkable boom for the critically endangered population.  These eight new calves are a sign of hope for the community, but those who work closely with the population fear for their future.

Thankfully, those new calves are still safe for the time being – experts have determined the orca who washed up was not one of the new Southern Resident calves.  However, they are still unsure which population the baby belongs to, and are awaiting DNA results to confirm.  Although we are glad to hear the eight new members of the Southern Resident community are still with us, the loss of a young calf is a sad event – especially a female calf, who can contribute so much to the future of her family.

A necropsy indicated the young calf had an infection, but the ultimate cause of death is still unknown.  Lab results and DNA tests will take time to provide answers.  Although the Southern Residents have been ruled out, the orca could be part of the Northern Resident community, Bigg’s or Offshore populations, all of which are listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.