Here's an article that ran in the Seattle Times a couple days ago: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattl...r-orcas-and-getting-away-with-it-study-finds/ I have a couple of thoughts on this topic: 1) The steady decline in resident orca populations in the Salish Sea has more to do with declining wild salmon stocks than any other factor, though pollution (bioaccumulation of toxins in their bodies) is probably also a significant factor. 2) Better enforcement of the Marine Mammal Act is definitely needed, including hefty fines for aggressive boaters (including kayakers) who come too close to the whales. If you've paddled off San Juan Island in the summer much, you'll know what I'm talking about. Unfortunately, this article argues that kayakers are the main reason that resident pods no longer spend much time in their regular summer hunting grounds and I'm not buying it. If salmon were still running there in large numbers, the orcas would surely follow.