Adopt a Stream Foundation presents Killer Whale Tales
Last updated 10/14/2021 at 1:12pm
The Adopt a Stream Foundation presents the Killer Whale Tales program at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Northwest Steam Center’s Chinook room at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
Following a First Nations introduction of Black Fin, Jeff Hogan, a long-time whale researcher and professional photographer will host Killer Whale Tales.
Hogan is bringing the San Juan Killer Whale population to the Northwest Stream Center Chinook Room via photography and underwater video. Thanks to a research web-cam that was temporarily attached to a very large male Killer Whale‘s dorsal fin (the big fin on its back that sticks out of the water), Hogan will also provide audiences with a “whale’s eye view” of what it is like to be part of a “pod.”
After attending this show, when you see a Killer Whale in the wild, you will be able to recognize if that whale is swimming to get to another location, hunting for salmon, or just playing. You will also be able to tell if the whale is sleeping. It turns out that their brains are so large that they put half their brain to sleep when they are tired and keep moving in slumber mode with the other half of their brain “operating the controls.”
Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. Admission: Adopt A Stream Foundation member $5, non-member $7.
To attend the live show and take a stroll on an incredible Elevated Forest and Wetland Walk (https://www.streamkeeper.org/discover) before or after the show, you must be fully vaccinated (proof required) and masked-no exceptions. If you cannot attend in person, this very entertaining event will be simultaneously presented via Zoom.
“Jeff spends most of his summers with Killer Whales in waters around the San Juan Islands,” said Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Tom Murdoch. “He has many wonderful killer whale stories that will bring you joy. Jeff will also bring you up to date on the current status of our local killer whales and get you inspired to take protective actions.
"Another cool feature of this event is that you will be provided workbooks that will enable you to identify each whale by looking at its dorsal fin. You will also learn to sing like a whale. It turns out that being a whale researcher is fun.”
This event is being hosted by the Adopt A Stream Foundation in partnership with the Snohomish County Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. For more details about Killer Whale Tales and other upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events, go to http://www.streamkeeper.org.