OLYMPIA – Speaking from the San Juan Islands, Sen. Kevin Ranker has released a video message explaining why we need bold action to save our Southern Resident Killer Whale population, as well as listing some of the steps that he said we need to consider in order to do so.

“Like you, I was deeply saddened watching Tahlequah’s display of grief as she pushed her dead calf for days. Thousands of you have contacted me with your grave concerns regarding the dangerous predicament our resident orcas face, asking… what we are going to do about it?

“In the following short video, I cover some of the key actions I believe we must take now if we are going to save these incredible creatures.

“Know that, as a member of the task force responsible for developing recommendations to save our Southern Resident Killer Whales, I am totally committed to taking bold actions that will truly make a difference now. We must base our actions in science, but we must not delay.

“Our values compel us to do whatever is necessary. We must put politics aside and we must act boldly, now. Extinction is not an option.”