We are saddened to learn of the passing of L120. L120 was barely 7 weeks old when he or she was not seen with her 23 year old mother L86 and was presumed dead. L86 lost her 3 year old female offspring last February, as the result of severe acoustic trauma. Her body washed up along Long Beach, Washington. With a 50% mortality rate in the first year, this news in not necessarily out of the ordinary, yet it is deeply troubling to the Southern Resident Killer Whale Population whose numbers now total 78 members.They were listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2005 The passing of L120 shows we must work harder towards understanding and conserving the environment for these animals.
The San Juan Island Whale Museum has a few suggestions on how we can all help preserve the biodiversity of our surroundings:
• Go sulphate free, sulphates break down the bodies of small organisms.
• Use baking soda as a household cleaner in lieu of other harmful chemicals. It is inexpensive and efficient.
• Say no to pesticides.
• Choose reusable canvas bags instead of plastic bags that are toxic to marine life.
If we all do our small part…..