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New photos show declining health of orca J50


September 11, 2018

Scientists have growing concern for ailing orca J50. New drone images released Monday show a very thin profile and loss of fat behind her head.

The Southern Resident killer whale is less than 4-years-old. She has been observed in failing health this summer. J50, also known as Scarlet, has lost 20 percent of her body mass and developed a depression near the base of her skull, which indicated severe fat loss and malnutrition.


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