Orca-detecting dog stars at Killer Whale Tales’ celebration

(August 26, 2011, photo by Jeff Hogan)
West Seattleite Jeff Hogan photographs orcas, watches them, studies them, and teaches about them. Much of the latter work is done through Killer Whale Tales, the educational nonprofit he founded and runs. Tonight, instead of being out on Puget Sound, he was a stone’s throw from the Duwamish River with more than 100 people celebrating KWT’s work at its 11th anniversary dinner/auction gala:

They gathered at the Duwamish Longhouse, with a special guest among the orca experts on hand:

That’s Tucker, the dog famous for his ability to sniff out orca scat – pointing researchers to samples they can use to learn more about the beloved whales, and how we can help save them. Tucker’s work was the topic of a presentation tonight. (You can read more about him in our story about a different Longhouse event earlier this year.) Partygoers enjoyed entertainment, too, from accordionist Hugh Sutton:

Lots of interest in the silent-auction offerings:

If you couldn’t get to tonight’s gala, you can still support Killer Whale Tales’ work – here’s how.

2 Replies to "Orca-detecting dog stars at Killer Whale Tales' celebration"

  • Michael & Sherry November 13, 2011 (10:10 pm)

    What an amazing non-profit to contribute to!! They are helping our youth understand what they can do to help save our whales.

  • kyla gofstein November 13, 2011 (10:32 pm)

    I think this is great! You and your dog are amazing! I love orcas ans have since I was about 5 Years old..I went to alaska over the summer to watch them & would love to do what you are ! If there is anyway I could get more information that would be awsome!

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