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Podcast: Checking In on Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

February 14, 2022

Learn the latest on endangered Southern Resident killer whales with Dr. Megan Wallen, a marine mammal specialist in NOAA Fisheries West Coast Protected Resources Division.

 Southern Resident killer whales encountered during NOAA's PODs (Pacific Orcinus Distribution Survey) in October 2021 Southern Resident killer whales encountered during NOAA's PODs (Pacific Orcinus Distribution Survey) in October 2021 near the west end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries is required to conduct a review of listed species every 5 years, including the Southern Resident killer whale. The report summarizes the best scientific information regarding the whales' biology, status, and threats. 

We talk with the project lead on the report, Dr. Megan Wallen, a marine mammal specialist in NOAA Fisheries' West Coast Region Protected Resources Division. Follow along and find out more about Southern Resident killer whales, and how the population is doing.