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Program brings killer whales up close

 

September 27, 2012



See Killer Whales ‘swimming on the walls’ of the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center Auditorium at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Killer Whale Tales will be presented by Jeff Hogan who is a long-time whale researcher and professional photographer. Jeff is also a trained actor who makes this event a delight for first graders to adults.

Jeff is bringing the San Juan killer whale population to the NW Stream Center via amazing surface and underwater photos and videos.

After attending this show, when you see a killer whale in the wild, you will 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 with the other half of their brain awake, but in slumber mode.

“We are very excited to have Killer Whale Tales at the NW Stream Center,” said Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Tom Murdoch.

“Jeff spends much of his time with killer whales in waters around the San Juan Islands and has many amazing and fun whale tales to tell.

“He even has a great dog tale about a Labrador retriever whose job is to use its nose to locate killer whale poop in the water for researchers to collect and analyze.

“Jeff also makes the link between the small salmon streams we teach about at the NW Stream Center and the biggest predator in the Pacific Northwest.”

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), Jeff will provide you a “whale’s eye view” of what it is like to swim with the San Juan killer whales.

He will also provide you with the latest information on the baby killer whale that was born earlier this year and bring along a killer whale skull for you to examine.

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, and you will get an opportunity to learn the calls made by killer whales from the different pods in the San Juan Islands.

This is a show for the whole family, and Jeff presents Killer Whale Tales from a “kids point of view.” Call 425-316-8592 now to register as space is limited.

Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Proceeds benefit the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Streamkeeper Academy.

For more details about Killer Whale Tales and other great upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events, go to www.streamkeeper.org <http://www.streamkeeper.org>

 

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