My heart is filled with deep sadness that in such a short span of time both little Scarlet J50 and the baby of Tahlequah J35 have passed from this world, leaving their pod grieving and the southern resident orcas at a population of 74. Three years ago the SRKWs were at a population of 84. Three years. A loss of all these precious lives in three years. Orcas are beautiful, fascinating and highly intelligent. Brain studies have revealed the limbic lobe of the brain, which is related to emotions and memory, is proportionally much larger in orcas than in humans. Experts believe they have incredibly rich emotional lives, quite possibly more so than humans. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the madness of this world, to want to turn a blind eye to the injustices around us, to seek the comfort of ignorance as a form self preservation. Have you ever lost someone you dearly love? I have, as I would imagine most of you have, as well. To truly love is the deepest gift and joy, and to grieve is a love song that is so excruciatingly painful it feels like it might kill you at times. My heart is with these great and magnificent beings in their losses, in their journey of survival, in their joy of living and exuberant play and affection for one another. May their lives model for us right relationship in the world. It is time we individually and collectively bring our best selves to the table, to rise tall and lovingly and victorious in the knowledge that we can be great... great allies, great kin. It is time we stop taking the salmon from the seas, let our starving friends eat the food they evolved to eat. It is time we all demand the lower four dams of the Snake River are breached in 2018, and healthy and abundant salmon populations will run again. These are the only things that will save these orcas. The time is now. We have the power to change this. We have the power to open the gates that separate them from their food source. Let's be loud and persistent and not give up. Let's be their voice!! We can do this!! I know we can!! Please visit @pnwprotectors @searchingforchinook @coextinctionfilm @dam_sense to learn about ways you can help.