While we humans were enjoying the Labor Day holiday, J35 Tahlequah, had already had her own labor day – a new baby was born to her and J pod! Welcome, J57!
The other good news is that there are two expectant mothers, one each in K and L pods. This is cautiously hopeful news for our fragile Southern Resident Orca families – due to so many environmental stressors, there is a 40 percent mortality rate for young orca calves. The stressors – lack of food, pollution, and noisy waters – are all human-caused, and it is only we humans who can do something about each of these: save salmon habitat; stop polluting our environment; and give the orcas peace and quiet.
If you are already committed to helping the orcas (or ready to start), one thing you can do right now is to take a pledge to give them the social distance they need to raise healthy babies. This is always a good thing to do, but especially now when we have a glimmer of hope of a chance that our orcas can recover and thrive.
Pledge for individuals:https://thewhaletrail.wufoo.com/forms/mx9qlj01mgg7y9/
Pledge for recreational boaters:https://thewhaletrail.wufoo.com/forms/qh32geo14efmfs/
Pledge for commercial whale watch operators:https://thewhaletrail.wufoo.com/forms/m12zgucb1pzntyj/
MORE INFOThe Islands’ Sounder: Commercial and recreational boaters asked to“Take The Pledge” to protect pregnant orcas https://www.islandssounder.com/life/commercial-and-recreational-boaters-asked-totake-the-pledge-to-protect-pregnant-orcas/
The Seattle Times: Orca Tahlequah is a mother again https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/orca-tahlequah-is-a-mother-again/
The Guardian: Tahlequah the orca – famous for carrying her dead calf for 17 days – gives birth again https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/07/tahlequah-the-orca-famous-for-carrying-her-dead-calf-for-17-days-gives-birth-again
If you have any questions, you may contact the pledge organizers:
Lovel Pratt, Friends of the San Juans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kari Birdseye, NRDC, email@example.com
Nora Nickum, Seattle Aquarium, firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 693-6290
Donna Sandstrom, The Whale Trail, email@example.com (206)-919-5397
Mindy Roberts, Washington Environmental Council, firstname.lastname@example.org 206-485-0103
Thank you, Safe Shippers, for taking care of the orcas!