Should we tag orcas to save them?

by Tim Flanagan on May 20, 2011

MEGHAN WALKER has this story at SeattlePI.com:

For the past few months, here Ken Balcomb has been putting up posters on docks at marinas along the California coast, ambulance asking for orca-sighting reports.

It may seem archaic, online akin to a kid putting up a "lost cat" poster on a telephone pole. But Balcomb says it works.

But science may soon have a more up-to-date method: Shooting the killer whales with a dart that a satellite can track. The federal government is considering such a proposal.

Scientists, however, don’t agree on tagging. For some, tagging could help in understanding a beloved but endangered animal. For others, tagging would provide little value but do real harm to orcas.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Should-we-tag-orcas-to-save-them-1386594.php#ixzz1MuaOJL2H

Leave a Comment