Orcas, these majestic and intelligent sea creatures, are on the brink of extinction. The population of North American killer whales is seriously threatened by a mysterious skin disease that is causing their mass extinction. Scientists from around the world are sounding the alarm, investigating the problem and trying to find ways to save these magnificent creatures from total extinction.
The disease was first discovered in 2019 in killer whales living in Pacific waters off the coast of Canada and the United States. Since then, it has spread to a significant portion of the population, raising serious concerns for scientists. Orcas suffer from skin ulcers that lead to infections and even death.
The causes of the disease are still a mystery. However, scientists suggest that environmental pollution and climate change may be key contributing factors to the disease. Orcas are the tops of the food chain and accumulate toxic substances in their bodies, which can cause them serious harm.
Orcas in North America are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but this does not guarantee their survival. Scientists and environmentalists are calling for urgent action to preserve this unique population. One possible strategy is to improve water quality and reduce pollution to reduce the risk of orcas developing the disease.
North American killer whales play an important role in the ocean ecosystem. They help control populations of other species, such as seals and sea lions, and help balance the food chain. The loss of these magnificent creatures could have negative consequences for the entire ecosystem.