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Killer Whale Tales at the Northwest Stream Center

 

February 22, 2013

A killer whale in full breach

See Killer Whales ‘swimming on the walls’ of the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center on Saturday March 9 at 11 a.m. in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park - 600 128th Street SE, Everett.

Killer Whale Tales will be presented by Jeff Hogan who is a professional biologist and photographer, and a trained actor who makes this event a delight for first graders to adults... he puts on a ‘whale of a show.’

Jeff is bringing the San Juan Killer Whale population to the Northwest Stream Center via amazing underwater video.

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 with the other half of their brain awake, but in slumber mode.

“We are very excited to have Killer Whale Tales at the Northwest Stream Center, says Adopt A Stream Foundation’ Tom Murdoch. “Jeff spends much of his time with the Killer Whales in waters around the San Juan Islands and has many great whale stories to tell. He also makes that link between the salmon streams we teach about 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 also provide you a “whale’s eye view” of what it is like to swim with the San Juan pod!

Expect to learn the latest information about the San Juan Killer Whales including births and deaths. These whales spend the summer months around the San Juan Islands.

Thanks to a new tracking process, at the show, you will get the answer to the question of “where do the San Juan Killer Whales hang out during the winter?” (for the latest information on that question go to the following link: http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/research/divisions/cbd/marine_mammal/satellite_tagging.cfm)

Another cool Killer Whale Tales feature is that you will be provided workbooks that will enable you to identify each whale by looking at its dorsal fin.

Jeff Hogan is a very entertaining instructor who has inspired more than 50,000 kids and adults to get to know Killer Whales.

Thanks to Jeff, you will find out that it really is a lot of fun to be a whale researcher.

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Killer Whale Tales is a very popular show for the whole family... it is a good idea to register early as space is limited!

Pre-registration is required by calling 425-316-8592: $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members. Proceeds benefit the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Streamkeeper Academy.

This event is being conducted by the Adopt A Stream Foundation in partnership with Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. For more details about Killer Whale Tales and other great upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events, go to http://www.streamkeeper.org.

By the way, the Secret Life of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Slow Lane featuring author and insect cooking expert David George Gordon is on the docket for March 14.

 

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