As we explore the plight of the southern resident orcas, we want you to be part of the conversation. Here’s how you can join us.

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The Seattle Times is exploring the plight of the Pacific Northwest’s southern resident killer whales, and why these animals are at grave risk of extinction.

We have a lot of reporting planned, and we want you to be part of the conversation. Here’s how you can join us:

• Text the word ORCA to 206-429-4613 or enter your cellphone number here:

• Use the form below to tell us what you’re wondering about when it comes to the orcas.

Plus, be sure to check out our orca FAQ, in which Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes answers common questions about the region’s orcas.