Springer stars in The Whale Trail’s first 2014 Orca Talk

January 22, 2014 at 11:59 am | In West Seattle news, Wildlife | 2 Comments

(Photo by Mark Sears)
A year and a half ago, The Whale Trail hosted a celebration marking 10 years since the “family reunion” for Springer, the young orca found in Puget Sound and reunited with her family in Canada. One year later – just last summer – scientists discovered Springer had become a mom. Her inspiring story continues – and The Whale Trail’s first Orca Talk of the year will bring you into it. Just announced:

Celebrate Springer! The true story of how an orphaned orca went home.

Presentation by Mark Sears and Donna Sandstrom
Thursday, January 30, 7-9 pm, C & P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW
$5 suggested donation, kids free. Tickets available via brownpapertickets.com

Twelve years ago, the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) was discovered in Puget Sound – lost, alone, and 300 miles away from home. Five months later, she was rescued, rehabilitated, and returned to her pod near the north end of Vancouver Island. In July 2013, she was seen with her first calf! The project is the only successful orca reintroduction in history.

Why did this project succeed while others have failed? What did we learn from the Springer project that can help orcas today?

Join us to hear the true story of how Springer went home, from researchers and organizers who were part of the project team. Help us celebrate the 12th anniversary of this historic undertaking, and the little whale who changed our lives!.

This is the first Orca Talk of 2014, hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Robin Lindsey (Seal Sitters), and “Diver Laura” James (tox-ick.org and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance).

Buy tickets ahead of time and we’ll save you a seat! And hurry – this will likely sell out.

2 Comments

  1. Such a cool story. I recall all the controversy and uproar that occurred around the expense and other aspects involved in the rescue operation. Lots of naysayers is what I remember. Hopefully the wonderful outcome of the operation will help punctuate the worthiness of such funding for future rescue operations.

    Comment by bbuddy — 12:46 pm January 22, 2014 #

  2. Marked this one on my calendar and pre-purchased tickets, don’t want to miss it! Thanks for the heads up WSB!

    Comment by Cheryl — 1:45 pm January 26, 2014 #

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