A critically-endangered Southern Resident killer whale that lived off the coast of Canada and the United States was declared dead on Thursday, reducing their population to just 74. She was 3 years old.
J50, which was also known as Scarlet, had lost more than 20% of her weight in recent months and showed severe signs of emaciation. She was last seen on Friday when she was lagging behind the rest of her family.
“We are saddened to report that J50 is missing and now presumed dead,” the Center for Whale Research (CWR) said. “[We] had a vessel on the water looking for J50 for the past three days. We have seen all the other members of her family during these outings.”
NOAA Fisheries, however, said it wasn’t giving up just yet. “The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting [an] aerial search and teams are searching by boat in likely locations in U.S. and Canadian waters,” the agency said.
The death of J50 reduces the population of the Southern Resident killer whale to 74, which is the lowest number in 3 decades. A total of 11 calves were born from 2014 until 2016, but only 5 of them are still alive.
The Southern Resident killer whale faces three key threats: the availability of prey such as salmon, vessel traffic and noise, and pollution and contaminants. NOAA lists the species as one of eight marine species which are most at risk of becoming extinct.
Car plows into pedestrians in Silicon Valley, injuring 8 people
3 inmates stabbed at Silverdale Detention Center in Tennessee
Tremor hits Nepal on eve of earthquake anniversary
Elderly woman falls to her death at the Grand Canyon
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets with President Trump
Prosecutors announce charges against Michael Avenatti
Video shows crash of cargo plane near Houston
Video shows rescue operation after plane crashed in Micronesia
Trump claims he misspoke on Russia’s alleged election meddling
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns amid scandal
Breaking News1 week ago
Fire breaks out at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris
World6 days ago
Strong earthquake hits eastern Taiwan, injuring at least 17
US News1 week ago
Meteor lights up night sky along the U.S. East Coast
Legal20 hours ago
Saudi Arabia beheads 37 inmates in mass execution
Breaking News4 days ago
Gunmen attack party in southeast Mexico, killing 14
New7 days ago
At least 29 dead in bus crash on Portugal’s Madeira island
World1 week ago
WATCH LIVE: Local TV coverage of the Notre Dame fire
US News1 week ago
Colorado police looking for woman ‘infatuated’ with Columbine shooting