Are the orcas starving?

As salmon runs decline, killer whale numbers take hardest hit since 1990s

By ROBERT McCLURE
P-I REPORTER

Showing signs of starvation as salmon runs faltered up and down the West Coast, Puget Sound’s orca population lost seven of its number over the past year, bringing the population to just 83, anxious scientists reported Friday.

The development marks the biggest reduction in the orca population since a series of bad chinook salmon seasons in the 1990s battered the killer whales’ numbers.

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