I ran into a friend who drives Bear Watching boats the other day. He was in a hurry as he had a boat load waiting for him so I couldn’t chat too much. He’s out there far more than I am,so has a good idea of whats going on. So I quickly asked him how this years cub count was? He told me he hadn’t seen a single one!
I found that alarming! I suspect I know why? The last two years we’ve had poor salmon returns. When the female doesn’t get enough protein she will not get pregnant. It’s Natures way of controlling the numbers. Last thing you want to do is have more mouths to feed when the cupboards are bare!
Why are there fewer salmon…………us. Far too many salmon are being harvested out in the ocean. They don’t get a chance to return. It’s that simple.
So because we are raping the oceans the effects of that action trickle down. One of the effects is that fewer cubs are being born this year (and last).
Having said that I ran into another friend a few days later and without me asking she told me she saw a Sow with two cubs playing on her property down by the water! The cubs were smaller than normal but I suspect that was because of the mother being smaller than normal. Probably her first cubs?
Another effect of fewer salmon is that the Southern resident Orca’s are starving! A beloved Orca K-21 (Cappuccino) has gone missing and is suspected to of passed. Now having said that his death is suspected to be more old age than loss of salmon. There are very few Southern Residents to begin with. (74)