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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:47 AM

A pod of orcas is starving to death. A tribe has a radical plan to feed them

The Lummi Nation is dropping live salmon into the sea in a last-ditch rescue effort: ‘We don’t have much time’

by Levi Pulkkinen in San Juan Island

Bobbing on the gray-green waters west of Washington state’s San Juan Island, Sle-lh’x elten Jeremiah Julius lifted a Chinook salmon from a 200-gallon blue plastic fish box. He carried the gulping fish to the boat’s rail and slid it into the sea, where it lingered a moment, then disappeared in a silver flash.

It was a quietly radical act.

This sea once teemed with the giant salmon, which in turn sustained thriving pods of orca. Today wild Chinook fisheries are in decline, and the orcas are starving. Julius is the chairman of the Lummi Nation, a tribe pushing an unorthodox policy. They are feeding salmon to the wild whales.

Numbering close to 100 two decades ago, the population of southern resident orca has dropped to just 75 as a result of pollution in their environment, ship noise that drowns out their songs and hinders their hunting, and, most crucially, a paucity of wild Chinook. Older whales have been seen wasting away, miscarriages are on the rise, and infant orca born alive are not surviving to adulthood. Last year a mother whale, Tahlequah, carried her dead calf for two and a half weeks in a scene that sparked an international outcry.

The Lummi Nation has long shared a coast and culture with the whales, an orca species found only in the waters off Seattle and Vancouver known as the Salish Sea. The tribe’s members once lived on the shores of the San Juans, now dotted with quaint tourist towns, million-dollar vacation homes and resorts, and they see the whales as their relatives.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/orca-starving-washington-feed-salmon-lummi-native-american

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:55 AM

1. so the makah can hunt them?

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:08 AM

2. Maybe Sea Shepherd could be helping

 

Though interfering with whaling is a good and moral sctivity. Maybe saving whales from starvation is also a good and moral undertaking. Since they relied on fish, this seems to be a residential pod, so it doesn't migrate.

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:43 AM

3. My heart is with them but it will take a hell of a lot of salmon.

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:55 AM

4. Six billion miracles is enough.

I bought that bumper sticker at the turn of the century. Everything for the humans. Nothing left over for the rest.

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