Health update for endangered Southern Resident killer whales

For the month of September, CHLHP scientists are working in collaboration with SR3 to collect aerial photogrammetry images to document the condition of endangered Southern Resident killer whales to add to a 10-year time series to assess changes in the nutritional health.

These data will support management actions aimed at maintaining an adequate food supply. 

Aerial images collected last week have given new insight into the condition of an ailing young whale, J50, and her mother, J16. These images will help the NOAA Fisheries and response partners assess further options to support J50.

See the images at SR3's website. The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer

Southern Resident killer whales Aerial image of Southern Resident killer whales are being used in photogrammetry analyses of growth and body condition. Image by NOAA SWFSC and SR3) obtained with an unmanned octocopter, piloted non-invasively >100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit #19091.

Last modified: 9/11/2018