Endangered predators and endangered prey: seasonal diet of Southern Resident killer whales

Michael Ford, M. Bradley Hanson, Candice Emmons, Meredith Everett, Kim Parsons, Linda Park, Jennifer Hempelmann, Donald Van Doornik, Gregory Schorr, Jeffrey Jacobsen, Mark Sears, Maya Sears, John Sneva, Robin Baird & Lynne Barre
Understanding diet is critical for conservation of endangered predators. The Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) (Orcinus orca) are an endangered population occurring primarily in the west coast and inland waters of Washington and British Columbia. Insufficient prey has been identified as a factor limiting their recovery, so a clear understanding of the whales’ seasonal diet is a high conservation priority. Previous studies have shown that their summer diet in inland waters consists primarily of Chinook...
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