Inbreeding: A Conservation Challenge for Iconic Killer Whales

New genome sequencing reveals the reason behind Southern Resident killer whales' failure to thrive.

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An aerial view of a small coastal community surrounded by water on all sides, accessed by a small road cutting through the water. Stump Point area in Hayes, Virginia, part of the Middle Peninsula, on a flyover with SouthWings. Credit: Scott Lerberg, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Virginia
A birds-eye view of an expanse of dark green water in the foreground with a bright green marsh in the mid-ground and a blue sky above A salt marsh in Texas, along the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Pedro Brandão
A river meanders past residential areas, marshes, forests, and agricultural operations. The Mattaponi River in Virginia flows into the York River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program.