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Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)

In 2005, the Southern Resident killer whale was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more about the Southern Resident killer whale’s status, management, recovery efforts, and outreach and education partnerships.

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 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
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