Welcome to June, the month of the orca! In the northern hemisphere the sun is shining and we are ready for the summer months.
What is Orca Awareness Month all about?
Orca Awareness Month was created by Orca Network to bring together scientists, researchers, advocates and orca lovers everywhere to raise awareness about the threats orcas are facing.
Here at Ocean Helper we have looked into a particular group of orca, the Southern orcas in the past. You can learn more about them here.
5 Facts About Orcas:
Orcas are also known as killer whales, this can sometimes cause people to believe that they are whales when really they are dolphins!
The diet of an orca can include fish, seals, squid, penguins, marine mammals and sea birds.
Orcas are very social creatures, they travel in groups called pods of between 5 and 30 members.
You can usually spot pods of orcas in the Arctic and Antarctic but they can also be found off the west coast of the United States and Canada.
Orcas give birth to a single baby every 3 - 10 years (pregnancy lasts around 17 months) they will nurse their young for up to 2 years.
What we need to do to protect orcas
Orca populations are threatened by a wide array of issues including:
Collisions with large shipping vessels
Noise Pollution - This is becoming a bigger problem. As the human population grows there are more and more boats sailing the open ocean. With this comes an increased threat of noice pollution to marine life that relies on echolocation, like orcas who are sensitive to loud noises.
Declining Prey & Food Source
Capture for entertainment.
Chemicals and Plastic Pollution - The higher up the food chain the more at risk to contamination. Oils spills for example are very dangerous to orcas as they can affect them both physically and in directly through decreased prey. In the coastal waters around Canada there is a high concentration of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) which threatens the health of three populations of orcas visiting areas.
What can we do to help them?
If you want to support orca conservation and help protect these intelligent marine mammals then there are a number of things you can do. Raising awareness is always key in the protection of wildlife, the more people who care the more effective actions are. Reducing plastic will also help to improve the orcas habitat and prevent more chemicals and debris from polluting their home. Boycott & avoid facilities that display large marine mammals for entertainment. Buy from sustainable fisheries only, this ensures the protection of the orcas prey.
Throughout June we will not only be raising awareness for orcas, but we will also be donating 10% of profits to the ORCA!
Who are ORCA?
"At the heart of ORCA’s work is the monitoring and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises. It is critical that we learn more about our whales and dolphins in order to understand their way of life, where they breed, feed and travel."
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