August 8, 2010 - 40th anniversary
commemoration of Lolita's capture
August 8, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Lolita's capture from her family, the Southern Resident orcas, in Penn Cove off Whidbey Island, WA.
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To commemorate this anniversary, Orca Network is holding several events throughout the day and evening on the waters and shore of Penn Cove to remember all the orcas who died during the captures or in captivity, and to honor Lolita, or Tokitae, the sole survivor of those taken from the Southern Resident orcas.
We are excited to have Ric O'Barry (star of "The Cove") join us in Coupeville for this important event. Ric was a former dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" show at the Miami Seaquarium, but when a dolphin died in his arms he was transformed into a full time activist who has fought against dolphins in captivity for decades, and in the film "The Cove" has brought awareness of this issue to a whole new level.
Sunday afternoon August 8th at 3 pm, join us on Penn Cove in your kayak, row boat, or any kind of vessel, for a ceremonial paddle/sail/motor around the perimeter of the capture site on Penn Cove. We'll have a wreath ceremony on the water, and Capt. John Stone has generously offered his Cutty Sark for those who want to be on board with Ric O'Barry and other special guests for the ceremony and a short cruise of Penn Cove (very limited space available - tickets $50/person). Kayaks and small boats can be launched from Capt. Coupe Park in Coupeville.
Following the on-the-water events, join us at the Coupeville Wharf from 5 - 6:30 pm for a Reception with Ric O'Barry and other guest speakers, and view displays of the Penn Cove captures.
Concluding the event will be an evening of presentations at the Coupeville Library beginning at 6:30 pm with a silent auction, coffee and desserts, followed by guest speakers including Ric O'Barry, Ken Balcomb (invited), and Howard Garrett, as well as witnesses of the captures sharing their memories.
All events except the Cutty Sark sail are free and open to the public.
Limited seating is available, so please RSVP if you plan on attending.
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