Today, we were lucky enough to Skype with Carla, a research scientist with the Vancouver Aquarium!
She works with the Cetacean Research Program.
We used our time with her to continue our learning about orcas in our area and beyond. This has been an extension of all the things we learned about salmon through the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association as well as our studies in science about the ocean.
Did you know that there are killer whales they found who eat sharks almost exclusively?
Did you know that Southern Residents (the orcas who spend most of their time near the San Juan Islands) eat almost exclusively salmon? This is one of the many reasons why it's so important for us to protect salmon and try to increase their numbers.
One of the many questions our students had was "are there orcas all over the world?" This poster shows all the different species of killer whales around the world. Isn't it fantastic?
Here is a map from the American Cetacean Society showing the worldwide range of orcas.
Carla, thank you for spending so much time with us, sharing your knowledge, and answering our questions!