Heartbreaking news: Another endangered orca is presumed dead. Mega, as he was known, was the father of many of the population's young orcas.
His loss brings the number of orcas in the Pacific Northwest down to just 72.
We can't stand by as whales starve before our eyes.
make an urgent gift today to the Wildlife and Wild Places Defense Fund. Your help is needed if we're going to keep these orcas from going extinct.
Three other orcas were presumed dead last summer, and every death makes the orcas' future more uncertain.
That's why we're ramping up our battle for them this year. To ensure more orcas don't starve, we'll be fighting for removal of dams along the lower Snake River. Breaching these dams will help the salmon population grow, which in turn will help keep orcas alive.
This latest fight builds on our legal work to reduce the harm done by Pacific salmon fisheries and to protect these orcas from underwater noises that interfere with their ability to communicate and find food.
Hope for the species remains: A calf born last year was recently seen alive. Because of the high mortality rates of newborns, making it past the first year is a critical milestone.
We can't let orcas disappear on our watch. So we're fighting on all fronts to save them.
Every hour of every day we lose one species to extinction. The planet is becoming lonelier as plants and animals disappear.
West Coast orcas are among the most endangered mammals on the planet, and they need our help now.
This is urgent, vital work — so please,
give today to the Wildlife and Wild Places Defense Fund.
For the wild,