Two totally different areas. Not sure the "J-pod" even goes that far north.As a Canadian, I can't agree with something this fellow said. Specifically:
"We need to get more fish for these whales, they're not getting enough salmon year round," said Garrett. "Especially in the Columbia watershed due to the dams, especially on the Snake River because that blocks the largest wilderness spawning area on the west coast, so those salmon are severely depleted. That's what these orcas depend on. "
If our Canadian government put ten percent of what it has cost to deactivate dams in the American northwest, towards enhancement of chinook salmon populations in the Fraser River watershed, these whales might have plenty to eat. Killer whales in southern BC rely heavily on chinook salmon, as does our recreational fishery and our modest west coast Vancouver Island commercial troll fishery. Most of these fisheries, and to a certain degree the whale population, rely on US enhanced stocks. Canada does little to enhance Fraser chinook and to indicate that the problem of lack of a food source for these killer whales rests at the feet of dams on the Columbia is I feel an erroneous belief. There has not been a targeted full fleet commercial chinook fishery on the Fraser River since the early 1970s. The only places where we have had targeted chinook commercial fisheries in southern BC is in the Alberni Canal and Tlupana Inlet, on hatchery produced chinook. The majority of the chinook salmon that are harvested off the west coast of Vancouver Island and to a lesser extent in the Strait of Juan de Fuca are US origin, not Canadian. Blaming the dams on American rivers for a lack of chinook is misguided. If it was not for the hatcheries in Washington and Oregon, Canadian anglers in southern BC waters would have little to fish for and these whales, which do not live their lives while recognizing the border we share, would in likelihood be worse off than they are now. I'm not advocating hatcheries as the answer for BC, however Canada does need to direct more energy into improving populations and conditions for salmon in BC, especially the Fraser River which for too long has been ignored.
So they're a lot like us. It appears the female of that species nag their men to early graves too!From NOAA:
Lifespan: up to 50-100 years:
males typically live for about 30 years, but can live as long as 50-60 years;
females typically live about 50 years, but can live as long as 100 years
One of the many throttlethepopulation.org's out there. Bear in mind, a good many of the other countries want to bear and raise children. In any case, I still don't see how this has anything to do with a dead Orca. For all we know, it's a C&R statistic.