Don't forget the thousands of busted culverts that the state is being forced to fix by the courts. It's death by big cuts (the dams) and small.


Lol, I'm always telling people about how Southern Residents are like the weird, culty hicks of the orca world, what with their extreme dietary rules, and their very formal, intricate meeting/mating rituals between the pods, and the fact that the young literally never leave their parents. Of course, then people are just like "Wait, orcas actually have rituals??" So then I have to explain that while other orcas are out there seeing the world, and telling each other how to kill and eat the newly-plentiful great white sharks they find, and definitely have culture and dialects, OURS are finicky eaters and don't travel much and seem to have some very stringent beliefs about family cohesion. And have complicated rules/rituals for socializing between the pods. So, weird. culty. hicks. That we adore anyway.


I hear seals, sea lions, and humans taste good.

Have they thought about eating those?

Maybe start nibbling at people's feet.


@4 There are differing species of orca, Will. Transient orcas are doing just fine because they roam further in open waters and indeed, eat everything in the ocean. Washington State's southern resident orcas, the "Blue Box kids" of the marine food chain, are the ones facing extinction due to their picky diet of Chinook salmon only. Unless matriarchs of the species are open to adapting to new food sources, it doesn't look good for them.
@5: Yes, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from March 4, 2011 and its radioactive aftermath washing up on West Coast shorelines hasn't helped, either. I wouldn't blame Obama, though---Trumpty Dumpty and its lackeys are by far the biggest environmental disaster contributors.


Juvenile salmon are also harmed by high Kelvin (looks white) Light At Night. The Port of Tacoma and Port of Seattle put in high mast white light, as did all the cities along the rivers in Puget Sound. Look it up -juvenile salmon need dark at night. White Light travels further under water than the old lights we had, revealing the young fish to predators.

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