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The 75¢ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Vol. 106 Issue 44

of the San Juan Islands

Off course on the road to recovery By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

Contributed photo /Jeanne Hyde

One of four orcas missing and presumed dead, J-8, an 80-year-old female, also known as Spieden, makes a big splash in the waters off of San Juan Island in 2011.

What only a few short years ago appeared to be an upswing in the population now seems like fleeting good fortune in the up-again, downagain saga of the Southern Resident killer whales. With four members missing and presumed dead, the population has fallen to 80 animals, according to the Center for Whale Research. The population totaled 88 in 2010. Center Director Ken Balcomb, citing this year’s dismal return of Chinook salmon to the Fraser River, maintains a combination of dwindling food supply and toxic materials accumulated in the blubber of the whales is largely to blame for the latest disappearances and drop in numbers. Without enough prey to satisfy nutritional needs, Balcomb said whales draw on blubber for fuel and that toxins are then released into their circulatory system in highly concentrated levels. “All whales use blubber as sort of a freezer storage area,” he said. “The PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) go from parts per billion to parts per million when they start drawing on the bank account of blubber and just like in humans it affects the immune system, the nervous system, the reproductive system. It’s what happens when you have bad years for fish.” The center, which maintains a census of the Southern Resident killer whales for the National Marine Fisheries Service, will list three whales missing in its 2013 survey, all from L-pod. The three are: L-2, a female, estimated age of 53, L-26 a female, estimated age of 57, and L-79 a male born in 1989. The census does not include J-8, a female whose age the Center estimates at 80, and which appears to be See RECOVERY, Page 4

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Journal of the San Juans, October 30, 2013  
Journal of the San Juans, October 30, 2013  

October 30, 2013 edition of the Journal of the San Juans