A one-week-old baby orca swims alongside a 36-year-old orca presumed to be its mother west of San Juan Island, Washington on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Washington state officials are worried about how the rising use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial systems, could affect the endangered animals.
A one-week-old baby orca swims alongside a 36-year-old orca presumed to be its mother west of San Juan Island, Washington on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Washington state officials are worried about how the rising use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial systems, could affect the endangered animals. Dave Ellifrit Center for Whale Research
A one-week-old baby orca swims alongside a 36-year-old orca presumed to be its mother west of San Juan Island, Washington on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Washington state officials are worried about how the rising use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial systems, could affect the endangered animals. Dave Ellifrit Center for Whale Research

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Can drones harm endangered orcas? State officials don’t want to take a chance

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