- Since 1998, 47 orcas have gone missing or have died:
- L112 (Victoria/Sooke) female, born to L86, February, 2009; found dead Feb. 11, 2012
- J48 unk., born to J16, December, 2011; missing January, 2012
- J1 (Ruffles) Male, born +/- 1951; missing Nov. 2010
- L7 (Canuck) Female, born +/-…
Obviously orcas die in the wild. Nobody needs to be told that. I’m not sure if you’re expecting people to be impressed by this list, but it is still 30% smaller than the death list of captive orcas.
Since the 1960s, 226 orcas have been captured and brought into captivity and 186 have died. That is a little over 80% of the entire captive orca population that is now dead.
Since the 1960s 175 whales have been a part of the Souther Resident population. (The most endangered population of whales in the world.) 79 are now dead. 34 of those deaths are the direct result of wild capture for the captivity industry. That is a little more than 50%.
Do the math…