In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. A new federal lawsuit seeks to establish a “protection zone” for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance sued NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Seattle, saying the agency has failed to act on a petition it filed in 2016. The petition sought to bar vessels from a 10- to 12-square-mile area west San Juan Island where the orcas feed from April through September each year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
SEATTLE A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest.