Attempts to “rescue” ailing orcas, while good-hearted, demonstrate our toxic proximity to these bright, fellow mammals.
What they deserve is privacy.
Within the scope of media coverage — scientific, news and amateur combined — is a “Sea World”-like captivity — even within the immensity of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.
What if our interest, albeit with good intentions, were worsening the survivability of other species?
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Habitat restorations, healthy watersheds and water-quality protections to recover salmon populations could assuage some of our guilt.
But the ultimate respect we could pay the orca family is privacy.
Art James, Port Ludlow