New peril for gray whale survival? Predatory orcas spotted in Baja calving lagoon
After the release of the documentary “Deadliest Catch” in 2010, I decided to follow along with a grey whale off the coast of Southern California. The only thing I didn’t want to do was to lose my whale. Despite the best efforts of the fishing captain (Tom Schoonover) — who was willing to release the whale after he caught him — I did lose mine.
That whale was killed by an orca, and was the best gray whale I’ve ever seen in the wild. Now, after the orca was captured for killing, and released from the park in Mexico, a new battle has commenced.
Orcas have been spotted in the Baja cetacean lagoon, which is a protected biological sanctuary in Mexico. They’re also known to be a part of the killer whale population off Baja.
The gray whale off Southern California is one of many that have drowned or been killed by orca
The orca that killed the gray whale off Southern California has been captured for killing by the Mexican government and is currently being held in a remote spot off the coast of Baja. After being captured, the orca was transported to a location where it will be held in isolation.
Despite the incredible danger to the orca, the Mexican government is still continuing with the plan to release the orca into the wild. This is the first time that the government has attempted such a release, and they are taking a huge risk with their captive population.
This is a really bad idea, and one that will not end well for the orca.
There is another, more positive option.
The Mexican government could, and should, release the orca into the ocean.
This could actually be a good thing for the orca. The orca could return to its natural environment, and could spend its life in the open ocean, doing what orca do best.
The Mexican government should release the orca into the ocean.
This is a terrible idea — a dangerous, terrible idea.
A marine park in Los Angeles, California, has taken a big risk, and for the most part, has backed out. The park released a juvenile gray whale on May 10, just one day after the orca was