Threats to our killer whales

Healthy Killer Whales playing in the ocean
Oils spills are one of the many ways killer whales have become endangered. The oil may be eaten or enter the whale's blowhole. A blowhole is a hole in the top of the whales head to help them breathe. Whales will rise up over the water to take a breath. If the blowhole gets plugged with oil, the whale cannot breathe.

The main reason that whales die after a spill is when they eat a fish that swam through the oil. If a fish swam through the oil, the whale will eat the oil along with the fish. Because the whale eats the oil it gets poisoned and will die.

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