“We see similar patterns in terrestrial organisms where you would think resistant bacteria should be absent [such as] wildlife in northern Tanzania or Amazonian peoples in Brazil,” he says. It is difficult to say whether the resistant bacteria associated with dead, stranded animals is really different. As more transient orcas populate the Salish Sea, porpoises can tell us what might happen to them as well. While the southern residents don’t eat the same food as porpoises, transient orcas often eat the porpoises. If funding materializes, Norman hopes to continue her work by monitoring a few explicit sites around the Salish Sea.