Vancouver (B.C.), Aug 8 (Canadian-Media): Three southern resident killer whales declared dead by the Center for Whale Research, which studies conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population in the pacific northwest, has brought the population down to 73, media reports said.
Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, said the death of three orcas is bad news but is hopeful that some of the measures put into place recently by the federal government can help turn things around for the animals.
"I think we're at a critical point for sure," he said Tuesday. "I think that the population can't afford to lose too many more and really things need to turn around soon."
A number of rules had been announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to protect these whales off British Columbia's coast, including implementing initiatives to support habitat protection and restoration of chinook salmon.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)