For Immediate Release
Date: August 1, 2013
Howard Garrett (360) 331-3543
-OR- (360) 320-7176
-OR- Susan Berta (360) 661-3739
**Photos available upon request
Orca Capture Commemoration will show Blackfish August 8
WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA--
Every August 8, Orca Network holds a Penn Cove Orca Capture Commemoration to mark the date of the infamous roundups there in 1970 and 1971. Ten young orcas were netted and hauled away from their families and pods to serve as entertainment in marine theme parks. At least five others were killed.
Since 1987 only one of those captured has survived. Against all odds she remains on display in an illegal tank in Miami. Her stage name is Lolita, but she was first named Tokitae (Toe-key-tay). Orca Network has campaigned since 1995 to retire Tokitae in her home waters and this year the prospects for her return are brighter than ever.
On August 8, 2013 Orca Network will mark the Penn Cove captures with a wreath-laying ceremony in Penn Cove aboard the iconic ketch Cutty Sark from 3 to 4:30 pm, followed by a very special screening of the blockbuster film Blackfish at 6:30 pm at the Coupeville School Performing Arts Center, 501 South Main Street, Coupeville, WA. Tickets for this Whidbey Island premier of Blackfish are $15, and are available from Orca Network HERE
We are grateful to Magnolia Films for granting this one-time only showing of this powerful film for this event. Blackfish includes the history of the Penn Cove captures, interviews with several former SeaWorld trainers, as well as longtime orca researcher Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research and Howard Garrett of Orca Network. Howard Garrett states "we've been working on the captivity issue for several decades, and for the first time with the movie Blackfish, and David Kirby's best-selling book Death At SeaWorld, the truth is reaching a huge audience and becoming a regular item in the mainstream news media, and that gives us a lot of hope." The Blackfish trailer, the hundreds of glowing reviews, and the international screening schedule can all be found at: Blackfishmovie.com.
Prior to the screening of Blackfish, Orca Network will provide a brief summary of current legal cases that may mandate the return of Tokitae to the Salish Sea, along with news about the new WA State ferry to be named the M/V Tokitae in her honor, plus other important news items.
For more information, contact Orca Nework here
or visit www.orcanetwork.org
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help Orca Network continue this work for Lolita HERE
. Thank you!