Western Washington University

New Study Aims to Examine Diet of West Coast Pinnipeds

March 11, 2020

By Bobbie Buzzell, WSG Science Communications Fellow 

Ocean food webs are complex and often difficult to study — but breaking down every connection is important to understanding all predation pressures acting on a single species. These pressures often butt heads with commercial and recreational fisheries, and Pacific salmon have a history of such contention. Off the coast of Washington, salmon are predated on by Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW). Previous research on ...

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