BC orcas Lolita-Tokitae and Corky are still imprisoned after many decades in tiny concrete aquarium jails. We continue to work to get them released. Can you help?
Speak to your MP and your MLA about it. Support the groups that are working for these whales' and other cetaceans' release to appropriate natural marine sanctuaries: www.animaljustice.ca, and www.whalesanctuaryproject.org (Nova Scotia)
NOTE: New podcast from "Skanna" about Whale #52 (the Lonely Whale of species unknown who calls across oceans on the Hertz frequency 52). Listen here: Skaana | Oceans, Eco-Ethics & The Environment: Director Josh Zeman on a Lonely Whale, Lonely People and the Search for 52 Blue on Apple Podcasts
A supporter brings an exciting new book to our attention:
(Full review and cover image at https://kinziethings.com/2020/04/15/review-spirits-of-the-coast-orcas-in-science-art-and-history/
From last year: "Superpod" by Natasha van Netten, in the Window Gallery of Ministry of Casual Living, in Odeon Lane (764 Yates Street), downtown Victoria, until June 20th:
by Gayle Millbank (ending fishing gear entanglement is one of Orca Month's campaigns - see below):
Patricia Haley-Tsui, of Vancouver:
For fabulous photography (as well as detailed orca-data) go to Jan Cadieux's "Jolly Toad" site: https://jollytoad.com/whats-killing-our-orcas/
Some businesses are putting orca-assistance data and postcard give-aways in their windows, and some folks put art in their windows at home. Here's one from Jan and George in Victoria:
It's tragic to realize that since BC first proclaimed Orca Month in 2016, no progress has been made in freeing Lolita-Tokitae from Miami Seaquarium, This article from that time ("Black and White Lives Matter") is still unfortunately as current as ever:
YOU CAN HELP -- PLEASE SEND ORCA AWARENESS MONTH MESSAGES FOR LOLITA'S AND CORKY'S RELEASE TO THE 3 LEADERS OF THE JURISDICTIONS AROUND HER HOME WATERS, who should be speaking up for her to the Miami Seaquarium:
Premier Horgan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prime Minister Trudeau: Justin.email@example.com
Washington State Governor J. Inslee: use the form at
On the positive side, plans are unfolding for the coming whale sanctuary in Nova Scotia. See: https://whalesanctuaryproject.org/
Senator Patricia Bovey - a BC resident - congratulates Whale Sanctuary Project for securing this location for whales to be freed to in future:
Perhaps Lolita could also have sanctuary available in waters closer to home, on Hanson Island: https://orcalab.org/2019/12/11/corkys-50th-capture-anniversary/
A garden display for Orca Month (Victoria):
Part of our focus for ORCA MONTH 2022 is the urgent matter of lost fishing gear which entangles whales off BC, as elsewhere in the world's oceans. Here is a response from the provincial government when OrcaMonthBC asked them what efforts were being made to solve this problem:
Orca Awareness 2019 display at Qualicum Branch
Orca Month joined the Georgia Strait Alliance to display whale and marine information at the Oak Bay Green Committee's
We may be staying home during the COVID epidemic but that doesn't mean we can't keep writing letters to MPs and the Minister of Fisheries & Oceans (address below), requesting stronger protections for orcas (as required by law under the Species At Risk Act -- although Canadians have yet to demand that those requirements are enforced). See orca needs listed below.
2865 Foul Bay Road
Fighting noise in the ocean: further underwater shipping noise will guarantee extinction for southern residents, marine scientists tell the federal government:
Ask the Navy to avoid using sonar in whale feeding areas off Vancouver Island. Engine noise as well as underwater sonar disorients them and drives them insane. Write to:
ESQUIMALTPACIFICNAVYPUBLICAFFAIRS@forces.gc.ca -- and to your MP
ADD YOUR VOICE! THE ORCAS NEED HELP.
PASSED! Bill S-203 banning whale captivity and breeding in aquariums. VICTORIES FOR WHALES AND DOLPHINS ARE INCREASING BUT THEIR PLIGHT WORSENS -- WE NEED TO DO MORE. CHINOOK FISHING MORATORIUM AN IMPORTANT NEXT STEP -- KEEP SPEAKING UP!
Jan. 2022 -- 0NLY ABOUT 73 SRKWs LEFT (J, K, & L pods)
Shrine For Dead and Captive Orcas, January at Oak Bay Marina
The ORCA AWARENESS MONTH team asks Premier Horgan of BC to join Washington and Canada in designating WHALE PROTECTION ZONES in the straits around Vancouver Island.
Office of the Premier, Legislative Bldgs, 501 Belleville St., Victoria V8V 1X4. Ask the politicians if they think 73 Southern Resident Killer Whales are enough.
Orca Month Committee is also asking federal and provincial politicians to formally request the return of native killer whales Lolita and Corky to a sanctuary bay in BC or Washington State. See proposals from both www.whalesanctuarysociety.org, and www.orcanetwork.org. If cultural artifacts are requested to be returned, living wildlife certainly should be.