A no-death census year for Puget Sound’s orcas, with observations about a recent shift to more female births


For the first time since Census Year 1993, no deaths were reported this year among the Southern Resident killer whales, which frequent Puget Sound, according to the official census report. Two new births were reported among the whales, increasing the population from 73 to 75. I would also like to share some potentially hopeful information about what appears to be a shift in the male-to-female ratio at birth. While worthy of note, the finding of no deaths may be more a coincidence of the census calendar than a suggestion that […]