Once again Awesome Ocean puts misleading facts into an article to further the Seaworld agenda.
I have replied to the things they said including actual documented facts and evidence. I will make my replies bold.
Earlier this month we shared the tragic news about a young killer whale found stranded and dead in the Pacific Northwest. That article was debunked here as being disgraceful as it used this poor whales death to try to increase Seaworld's gates
We've been waiting for test results to determine exactly why this killer whale died, and now that the necropsy is complete, we can assure you the results are heartbreaking.
The necropsy report can be seen here on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website, it doesn't say anything about starving at all. She died of infection
Here's what we know: J32, aka Rhapsody, Was Starving To Death When biologists and scientists performed the necropsy, they discovered that the female orca had a thin layer of blubber that was also oil free. This means that she was experiencing a prolonged period of malnutrition. She and her unborn calf were starving.
The necropsy results say nothing about starving, the preliminary necropsy report also stated '' With reference to the necropsy, the gross observation that J32's blubber layer was relatively thin and dry of oil is consistent with inadequate diet for an extended period, and there was very little fecal material in the intestines. Dr. Stephen Raverty said that there was blockage of the colon, but I did not observe that evidence because the colon was taken along with the uterus, vagina, ovaries, and anus in a complete "package" for analysis in Vancouver.''
Yet again you selected the bit of the report that suited your explanation, completely missing of the part that she also had a blocked colon which would have contributed to her lack of blubber.
Killer Whale Calfs Are Dying In The Wild Adding to the tragedy of this whales untimely death is the fact that she was pregnant.
As you can see in the necropsy report the calf caused her death ''the cause of death was a result of in utero fetal loss with secondary bacterial involvement (endometritis), and eventually maternal septicemia; meaning the fetus caused an infection that became systemic, and ultimately fatal to J32'' .
In the past three years, the Southern Resident Killer Whale population has not seen a killer whale calf survive. Right now, there is a 100% mortality rate for killer whale calfs in the Pacific Northwest.
100% mortality sounds huge but there have only been 2 births since 2005, the calf who died L120,and Sooke L120 was the third calf for Surprise! (L86), but was not seen with Mom in recent sightings by the Center for Whale Research, the organization that maintains the annual census of the Southern Residents. Surprise's second calf, Sooke (L112), died in February 2012 at 3 years old, and a necropsy revealed signs of severe acoustic trauma and now J32's unborn calf.
Killer Whale Prey Is Toxic And Disappearing The main source of food for the Southern Resident Killer Whales is salmon. Over the past few decades, numerous environmental issues have depleted salmon stocks past the point of sustainability. Read the scientific paper about killer whale food stock here.
This is true hence you being sent the petitions to remove the dams blocking the salmon runs, which you failed to do anything with, despite it being sent to you personally over and over again to post onto your various websites and facebook pages. Yet you chose to do nothing.
Researchers have found that the salmon that killer whales are feeding on is toxic and contain dangerous chemicals that have turned this entire pod of orcas into what scientists are considering the world's "most toxic animals." Read the NOAA report here
The report doesn't say salmon is toxic at all. The report in 2008 which you list states 4 main concerns
1. Reduced quantity and quality of prey (Chinook/King/Spring salmon) (dams etc)
2. High environmental levels of persistent biochemicals, such as PCB's and flame retardants, that have known harmful effects on marine mammals (eg. immune system repression and reproductive system dysfunction)( they live in the highest populated area of all killer whales.)
3. Sound and disturbance from vessel traffic and shipping.NOAA has observed the whale watching boats and it isn't those where the disturbance comes from it is things like this, the Southern residents territory is in a high shipping area.