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Home on the Range

Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research founder and senior scientist, responding to the misconception that the Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) are “resident” to the Salish Sea area, where they are seen most frequently by humans. Home on the Range Where the Southern Resident killer whales roam and forage It is naive to think that the Southern Resident killer whales – J, K, and L pods – are only “resident” to the inland Salish Sea and that they depend primarily on Fraser River Chinook salmon stocks for their survival. The SRKWs spent 86-95% (varies by pod and matriline) of the total days in 2017 outside of Salish Sea waters. Where were they, what were they eating? We know from Dr. Brad H

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