Penn Cove Orca Capture Commemoration
Sunday August 9th, 2009, 4-7 PM
Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander, Coupeville
Whidbey Island WA
In memory of the 45 Southern Resident orcas captured in Washington State, and the 13 orcas killed during the captures, and in honor of Lolita, the sole survivor
Featuring historic KING 5 TV news clips of the 1971 Penn Cove capture, with commentary by the late Don McGaffin.
Purchase tickets by contacting: E-Mail
or 1-866-ORCANET or at the door.
Orca Network is a 501 c3 nonprofit and Washington State Charitable organization.
Proceeds from this event support Orca Network Educational programs.
On the 39th anniversary of the first Penn Cove Orca Capture, Orca Network holds its annual commemoration of all the Southern Resident orcas taken during the capture era, and honors Lolita, the only survivor, who lives alone at the Miami Seaquarium where she was delivered in 1970.
These news clips recently surfaced, and include moving documentation of the whales being captured, commentary by Don McGaffin, and interviews with a diverse cross-section of politicians, biologists, and marine park personnel from the 1970s.
Finally in 1976 a count was taken of the remaining orca population, and it was discovered that one third to one half had been removed, all of them younger whales, the impacts of which are still felt today on this fragile, small population. With just 71 orcas remaining, the captures were stopped, and the Southern Resident population slowly climbed to nearly 100 by the mid 1990s. But humans have continued to hamper the survival of the Southern Resident orcas. Their population crashed to just 78 whales in 2001, due to salmon depletion, toxins in the water, and habitat disturbance, and they were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2005. The population currently is around 86, and their survival still hangs in the balance.
Please join us on Sunday August 9th to learn more about the orca captures, Lolita - the sole survivor of all orcas captured - and her family. The event takes place from 4 - 7 pm at the Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander, in historic Coupeville, Whidbey Island.
In addition to a showing of the historic 1971 news clips, the evening will include displays of photos of the 1970 Penn Cove capture by Wallie Funk and Dr. Terry Newby, a waterside ceremony, silent auction, appetizers and beverages. Cost is $20/person, with proceeds going to Orca Network educational programs and projects.
Tickets may be purchased in advance from Orca Network via E-Mail
or 360-678-3451, or at the door. Donations of auction items welcome.
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