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Aquafarm Rotation #19: Whirlpools Edition (Apr 21st — May 5th)

Whirlpools will open to all of Solana on Monday, introducing concentrated liquidity for 10 staked SOL pairs and welcoming 3 new Double-Dip pools!

Aquafarm Rotation #19

  • Duration: Thursday, April 21st, 2022 — Thursday, May 5th, 2022.
  • Total Emissions: ~250K ORCA per week (new Whirlpool rewards begin on Tuesday, April 25th at 12:00 UTC).
  • Events: Whirlpools will open for all Orca users this Rotation, starting on Monday 25th April! In the meantime, we encourage all ORCA tokenholders to vote in the Orca DAO’s first governance proposal to implement a Bug Bounty program. And if you’re a user of the Terra ecosystem, please vote on Terra’s governance proposal to create double and triple incentive Whirlpools!


The Whirlpools Closed Beta has now run for four weeks. Having ironed out a few bugs and added a few pairs, we’re very happy to announce the public launch of Whirlpools on Monday April 25th!

We thank all members of the Orcanautical Community who pioneered this new frontier of our ecosystem. It’s now time to invite all our podmates to explore it too! 🐳

We’re also excited to start by bringing better capital efficiency to a few of our most beloved liquid staked SOL offerings — Marinade and Lido!

What can you expect from the public launch of Whirlpools?

Starting on Monday April 25th at ~12:00 UTC, all users will be able to deposit liquidity into any Whirlpool. Rewards will begin 24 hours later on Tuesday April 26th ~12:00 UTC, allowing all users the opportunity to deposit and earn at the same time. And in future Rotations, existing pools will be migrated from Double-Dips to Whirlpools.

The following Whirlpools will earn dual rewards in ORCA and our partner projects’ emissions.

  • Lido: stSOL/SOL, stSOL/USDC, stSOL/USDT, stSOL/UST

For first time Whirlpools users: the yield farming experience on Whirlpools is significantly improved — no more staking of LP tokens, just deposit and earn, including Double-Dips!


Most of the Aquafarms you know and love will continue, with a gradual transition to Whirlpools!

Orca’s Aquafarm liquidity mining has been running for ~8 months. During that period, we’ve seen significant progress in transitioning pools from emission based incentives to organic trading volume based incentives.

Additionally, even in Beta Whirlpools have demonstrated significantly improved capital efficiency. Our journey to provide the best rates for traders, higher yields for savvy LPs, and to further the growth of the Orca ecosystem through Whirlpools continues apace!

With that in mind, we will be migrating SOL/USDC, SOL/USDT, ORCA/SOL, ORCA/USDC rewards to Whirlpools with lower ORCA emissions on their Aquafarm counterparts (stay tuned for details on Whirlpool rewards!). This is to incentivize migration towards Whirlpools, with ORCA emissions on these Aquafarms transitioned out over the next two to three rotations.


We also have a few fresh announcements and welcomes for Double-Dip pools:

#1: NOVA/USDC from the Nova Finance team!

  • Double-Dip duration: April 21, 2022 — July 14, 2022
  • Rewards: 50,000 NOVA (+ ORCA rewards)
Click here to swap or deposit NOVA/USDC on Orca!

#2: HBB/USDH from the Hubble team!

  • Double-Dip duration: April 21, 2022 — July 14, 2022
  • Rewards: 30,000 HBB (+ ORCA rewards)
Click here to swap or deposit HBB/USDH on Orca!

#3: WMP/USDC from the Whalemap team has been refreshed and will begin earning ORCA rewards this rotation!

  • Double-Dip duration: April 12, 2022 — July 3, 2022
  • Rewards: 960,000 WMP (+ ORCA rewards)
Click here to swap or deposit WMP/USDC on Orca!

#4: Lastly, the following Double-Dip pools will continue until at least April 21st:


🌊 Deepsea Insights 🌏

With every Rotation, there’s always something interesting going on in the Orca ecosystem! 😉

Over the past Rotation, we’ve seen great waves of trading volume wash into the GST/USDC and GMT/USDC Standard pools, with both boasting strong APRs as a result:

Click here to swap or deposit GST/USDC on Orca!
Click here to swap or deposit GMT/USDC on Orca!

Both tokens originate from the STEPN team. Perhaps they’ll join us for a Twitter AMA this Rotation, to better understand this storm of trading that’s swept our shores… Stay tuned to our Twitter for more details! 😉

If you’re fresh to Solana and Defi take a dive into our beginners guide, Orca for Everyone.

And if you’re new to concentrated liquidity pools and Double-Dips, check out our guides on How to Use Whirlpools, How to Use Double-Dip Pools, How to Provide Liquidity, or our FAQ.

And dive into our Discord or Telegram for support, or just to give us a wave! Happy swapping and farming! 🐳

Disclaimer: The content of this communication is not financial advice and should not be relied on by any persons as financial advice. This communication has not been provided in consideration of any recipient’s financial needs. We have not conducted any financial assessment based on the personal circumstances of any recipients. Before using the protocol, carefully review all relevant documentation and consider risks including total loss of funds.




Orca is the easiest, fastest, and most user-friendly AMM and aggregator on Solana. As a team with deep knowledge of both crypto and human-centered design, we’re on a mission to create the best experiences in DeFi.

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