Fact Sheet
Orca

What Defenders Is Doing to Help Orcas

Southern Resident orcas, a genetically distinct group of killer whales, may disappear forever unless action is taken. Defenders of Wildlife is working closely with a coalition of local and national environmental groups and scientists to develop a comprehensive recovery plan that will address all of threats to this endangered population of orcas and implement strategies to recover them.

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Orca, © Dave Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research/NMFS Permit 15569/DFO SARA 272
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