An orca whale “spyhops” out of the water as whale watchers view from a tour boat in 2003 off the southeast coast of San Juan Island near Lime Kiln State Park. Washington’s orca whale population could receive legislative support, as a Senate committee last week considered a bill that would require the state to add greater protections for the marine mammals, which are on the U.S. endangered species list. (Herald file)

An orca whale “spyhops” out of the water as whale watchers view from a tour boat in 2003 off the southeast coast of San Juan Island near Lime Kiln State Park. Washington’s orca whale population could receive legislative support, as a Senate committee last week considered a bill that would require the state to add greater protections for the marine mammals, which are on the U.S. endangered species list. (Herald file)

Bill would boost protections for state’s orca population

The whales that are still around are in poor health and are struggling to raise their young.

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