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Orcas and Munchkins

Shortly after The Whale Sanctuary Project was incorporated, we received a donation of $200,000 from Munchkin, Inc, a company well-known ...

Founding Donation

In January, 2016, we received a donation of $10,000 from Jan Pettifor, a passionate advocate for the retirement of orcas ...

Origins of the Project

The Whale Sanctuary Project had its origins at a meeting at the University of British Columbia in August, 2015. The ...

SeaWorld’s Decision to Stop Breeding

SeaWorld’s decisions to stop breeding captive orcas and to eliminate theatrical shows by 2019 are significant steps forward. But people ...

Off to the Island

The ferry is full of people crowding up onto the top deck for glimpses of dolphins, harbor seals, eagles and ...

We’ll Meet Again . . .

The group needs a name. I suggest “Superpod” in honor of what we’ve seen and shared over the week. It’s ...

Custody Battle Over a Captive Orca

A very unseemly custody battle is going on between SeaWorld and the Canadian circus Marineland over orca Ikaika, whom SeaWorld ...

Super-Intelligence

Scientists have several ways of measuring the size and complexity of the brains of different animals. Whatever way you look ...

Orca Dinner Party

The orcas have found a shoal of salmon. They need 200 pounds of food every day, and Chinook salmon is ...

Orcas at the Other End of the World

The orcas line up and then create a very precise wave that will lift one side of the ice floe ...

Out on the Ocean, Surrounded by Orcas

Seven of us are headed out toward the open sound, and Spencer, captain of our whale-watching boat, is confident we’re ...

Luna: the Orca Who Wanted to Be Friends

Orcas need each other’s company. So, Luna did the next best thing to finding his family: he started making friends ...

T Is for Transient

As well as the “resident” pods (J, K and L pods) who spend most of their time around the islands ...

Grandma J2’s Birthday Party

On July 2nd, Grandma J2 celebrated her 100th birthday. They held a party in her honor on San Juan Island, ...

First Sighting

Almost immediately, dorsal fins are popping out of the water. You see them for just a second or two as ...

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