Save Lolita's "Dammed" Family, Set the Water Free!

  • by: Jessica Ramos
  • target: Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray

"The World's Loneliest Orca" named Lolita might not a family to return home to when she's set free. All 3 pods (J, K and L) of Washington's endangered southern resident orcas are "dammed" and hungry. As reported in KING 5 News,  the southern residents eat almost exclusively Chinook salmon, but the salmon have lost spawning grounds across the state to dams along the Snake River.

The killer whales are going hungry. They're also metabolizing their own blubber -- which can kill them. The salmon also determine the sex of the orca calves; less food means more males, who will not find female partners to reproduce with.

Fortunately, Washington activists see an easy solution: set the dam water free! They believe that releasing the water -- that spans over 5,000 miles of river bed -- "could restore more than a half million chinook" and feed the hungry killer whales.

Lolita needs a family to return home to. While we can't just set her free from that concrete tank at the Miami Seaquarium, we can set the dam water free to feed her relatives. Please sign and share this petition urging Washington's senators -- Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray -- to set the water free and save the endangered southern residents.

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