Jessica Lundin Talks Orca Moms and Babies

Doctoral candidate Jessica Lundin joins us on the Whale Scout Podcast this week to discuss her work studying endangered Southern Resident killer whales using scat (poop) samples.  With the recent disappearance of new calf L120 and the startling lack of surviving calves over the last two years, Lundin’s research gives us insight into what might be going on with orca moms and babies. The results likely won’t surprise you – orca moms who don’t get enough salmon to eat can’t produce a successful calf. We also discuss the pregnancy rumors surrounding J32 (Rhapsody) and ways you can help out these struggling orca moms and babies. To support this fantastic work, please visit the UW Center for Conservation Biology Webpage.