J50 Presumed Dead

Posted September 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm by

©2018 Cen­ter for Whale Research — J50 with her fam­i­ly- Pho­to by Dave Ellifrit

“The mes­sage brought by J50, and by J35 and her dead calf a few weeks ago, is that the SRKW are run­ning out of repro­duc­tive capac­i­ty and extinc­tion of this pop­u­la­tion is loom­ing, while the humans con­vene task forces and con­fer­ence calls that result in noth­ing, or worse than noth­ing, divert­ing atten­tion and resources from solv­ing the under­ly­ing eco­log­i­cal prob­lems that will ulti­mate­ly make this once-pro­duc­tive region unliv­able for all.”
— Ken Bal­comb, Cen­ter for Whale Research

J50 is miss­ing and now pre­sumed dead.

Her last known sight­ing was Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 7 by our col­leagues at NOAA, SeaD­oc, and oth­ers. The Cen­ter for Whale Research has had a ves­sel on the water look­ing for J50 for the past three days. We have seen all the oth­er mem­bers of her fam­i­ly (i.e., J16s) dur­ing these outings.

Watch­ing J50 dur­ing the past three months is what extinc­tion looks like when sur­vival is threat­ened for all by food depri­va­tion and lack of repro­duc­tion. Not only are the South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales dying and unable to repro­duce suf­fi­cient­ly, but also their scarce pres­ence in the Sal­ish Sea is an indi­ca­tion that ade­quate food is no longer avail­able for them here, or along the coast.

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