We propose to finalize a variety of tools for remotely assessing health that were piloted in 2019 and 2021. These quantitative and qualitative metrics are designed to reflect early changes in individual SRKW health (improvement or decline). All data will be uploaded in the existing Killer Whale Health Database for analysis and future shared use. These validated health parameters will enable us to evaluate not only the health of individual orca, but also cumulatively by matriline, pod, or population. These data will complement annual body condition, reproductive success and population count datasets by providing managers in Canada and the United States with data in real-time on the effectiveness of management actions for improving the health of southern residents.
SeaDoc Society, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Development and use of remotely assessed indicators of SRKW health
Orca Fund, 2022
North Sound/Salish Sea
Clallam County ; Island County ; Jefferson County ; King County ; Kitsap County ; Mason County ; Pierce County ; San Juan County ; Skagit County ; Snohomish County ; Thurston County ; Whatcom County