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Orcas!

On October 14, there was a 1,000+ gallon oil spill in the Puget Sound near Tacoma. Dalco Spill As of now, the authorities are in the process of tracking down the culprit. LA Times (registration req’d). An AP report notes that two orcas and their babies managed to dodge the worst of it, since they crossed the spill area a week later. The orca population in the Puget Sound has dropped to 84 from 99 in the past 10 years. (Note: 99 is the highest documented population by the Center for Whale Research in the past 28 years. In 1976, only 71 whales were recorded for the region.) The Center states that the reduction of 14 individuals in the past 10 years is evidence of a “preciptous decline”–I don’t know enough population biology to state one way or the other whether this is so. There does seem to be a trend downwards. However, the site also says that 100 is the presumed carrying capacity, so perhaps this is just a natural fluctuation. I’d understand the wish for highly conservative predictions–underestimating the health of a population is not something you want to get wrong.

While rummaging about for more info on this, I ran into the Center’s website–and you can volunteer to go help them for a week!! Wouldn’t that be amazing! Besides learning about that opportunity, they have fabulous pictures of the orcas. Even of the cutsey little babies!

Sometimes I wonder why I’m in law school/grad school–I would love to be a conservation biologist. Unfortunately, I think it’s too late for that. There’s not enough time in my life to do everything I want to do!

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