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Declining orca numbers worry scientists

The death of J32, the pregnant orca known as Rhapsody, is renewing concern among some scientists about the fate of the rest of Puget Sound's southern resident killer whales. Puget Sound's already small killer-whale population has declined in the decade since it was protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Courtesy of Ken Balcomb, 2011

The death of J32, the pregnant orca known as Rhapsody, is renewing concern among some scientists about the fate of the rest of Puget Sound's southern resident killer whales. Puget Sound's already small killer-whale population has declined in the decade since it was protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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