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No Salmon, No Whales

An independent filmmaker living in Birch Bay is doing his part to save the orcas by drawing attention to the decline of the southern resident killer whales in a documentary film called “Fragile Waters.”

Filmmaker Rick Wood said that until he took his first whale watching tour in 2006, he had no idea that there were different types of orcas (or killer whales)swimming around the Salish Sea. But the transients and residents are distinctly different, he found, and each group speaks its own language, has its own territory and subsists on a unique diet.

He hopes his film will bring attention to the plight of the orcas and what can be done to help protect them, starting with the restoration of the salmon runs.

Pointing out environmental problems such as dams, water pollution and the accumulation of biotoxins through the food chain, Wood said there are a lot of reasons that both the Chinook and orca numbers are down. “Everything is connected,” he said. “But no one has really tackled all of these issues before.”

Wood said that his film is focusing on finding help for the waning whale population rather than on placing blame.

“There are no bad guys,” Wood said. “But rather a lot of bad decisions that have been made. This is not a film about the people who caused the problem, but rather about the people who are fixing it – it’s about the heroes.”

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