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Killer Whale Tales School Day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium February 11-12, 2011
Oregon Coast Notes - News

As part of the Oregon Coast Aquarium's educational efforts to raise awareness about these amazing marine mammals, we are pleased to host "Killer Whale Tales" on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12, 2011. This program combines storytelling with science activities that challenge children to take the conservation of our resident Orcas into their own hands.

largeOrca Pre-registration for "Killer Whale Tales" is required. The program is free with the regular price of admission. (Due to a generous donation, Lincoln County Public School children can attend the program on February 11 at no cost! Teachers should call soon as space is limited.) Regular admission prices apply to all others.

Call 541-867-3474 Ext. 5301 Monday thru Friday between 9am and 5pm to register.

About The Southern Resident Orcas

They move silently through the dark waters off our coast... and most Oregonians probably don't even realize it! Orcas (Orcinus orca), commonly known as "Killer Whales," are more often associated with Arctic waters, but scientists are taking a profound interest in the Southern Resident pods which live just off the Oregon coast through much of the year.

Intelligent, social and surprisingly long-lived (the matriarch of one of Oregon's resident pods is over 100 years old), Orcas have fascinated us for centuries. In many ways, humans see themselves reflected back in this species, from the Orca's complex communication system to the loyalty they show for their family members. The Southern Resident Orcas are divided into three pods– J, K and L. These groups spend May through October around the San Juan Islands and southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The rest of the year they largely disappear... and researchers aren't exactly sure where they go although it is suspected that they may be in Oregon coastal waters.

How Do We Help Oregon's Resident Orcas?

Part of the ongoing conservation efforts for our Residents will include tracking the pods, a process that may utilize sophisticated underwater listening devices (hydrophones) that pick up and record Orca "song." If scientists can better understand the migration patterns of these whales, we might be more successful at preserving and even bolstering their numbers.

The Southern Resident Killer Whales are imperiled, listed as "endangered" in both Canada and the United States. "Killer Whale Tales" will offer you the chance to learn more about these amazing animals, including how you can take a more active role in their protection and recovery. We hope to see you there!

Oregon Coast Aquarium

For more information about the Southern Resident Orcas, visit these links: