Southern resident orcas cruise near San Juan Island last July. Supreme predators in the Salish Sea for thousands of years, they are now threatened with extinction. (Ramon Dompor / The Seattle Times)
Southern resident orcas cruise near San Juan Island last July. Supreme predators in the Salish Sea for thousands of years, they are now threatened with extinction. (Ramon Dompor / The Seattle Times)

Orcas thrive in waters to the north. Why are Puget Sound’s dying?

Southern resident killer whales are facing extinction, while orcas in British Columbia and southeast Alaska are growing in numbers. These whales in a better habitat expose why Puget Sound's orcas are suffering.

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