October 14: Happy Orca Recovery Day

A Perfect day to learn more about these magical gentle giants of our waters

Berna A.
ILLUMINATION

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Orcas in the PNW with a backdrop of Mt. Baker photo by Author

One of the main things that makes the deep blue waters of the Pacific Northwest magical is, undeniably, the presence of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. These magnificent beings, also known as orcas, captivate our hearts and minds whenever we have the privilege of witnessing their beauty. Some days, we get to witness them right off the ferry, and other days just off our beaches when they decide to grace our waterfronts.

Surprisingly, even today, we know little about the intricacies of their lives, but one thing is certain: the Southern Resident Killer Whales, like all Orcas, have a strong attachment with each other and the three pods they belong to. These pods, known as J, K, and L, are comprised of closely-knit family units that share a deep bond. Within these pods, generations of orcas swim together, passing down knowledge and traditions from one generation to the next. The pods help each other raise their young when they have babies. Unlike the other ecotypes, like transients who feed on marine mammals, the Southern Residents exclusively feed on salmon and they are only found in the Pacific Northwest.

They celebrate and grieve together. Just this past August they once again caught our attention — the…

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Berna A.
ILLUMINATION

Ocean Actionist. Circular Economy Consultant. Sustainability, Business, and Nature Speaker. Nature Photographer.