Endangered animals of Washington

Washington is known for its scenic landscapes and everything that comes with it, including wildlife. But some animals native to the Northwest have been disappearing to the point of possible extinction. These sea and land animals have been declared endangered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), as well as the federal government, and efforts are underway to save their populations.

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Sperm whale

Sperm whales can be found in Washington's deeper waters in the spring, summer and fall, but head elsewhere between December and February, says the WDFW. Ship surveys between 2005 and 2008 estimate the number of sperm whales at 971 in the stock that makes up California/Oregon/Washington. Recent survey data on the whale population has been inadequate, according to the WDFW, which may indicate a continued decline in the population. Still, experts believe mortality associated with drift gillnet fisheries and ship strikes appear low.


Photo by NOAA, Tim Cole, NMFS
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