[MARMAM] Killer Whale Expert and Author Erich Hoyt in October "Orca Tour 2015" Talks in B.C. And Puget Sound

Mike Sato msato at rockisland.com
Thu Sep 24 07:20:10 PDT 2015

September 24, 2015


Contact:  Donna Sandstrom, The Whale Trail, (206) 919-5397

Internationally-renowned author and killer whale expert Erich Hoyt will
speak in October along the Whale Trail at locations in British Columbia and
Puget Sound. 

³Orca Tour 2015² celebrates the seasonal return of the endangered Southern
Resident Killer Whales to central Puget Sound and builds awareness of the
whales throughout their range. This transboundary tour is especially timely
with the birth of the fifth calf in the Southern Resident Killer Whale pods
since December 2014.

Promoted by The Whale Trail and local sponsoring organizations, Hoyt¹s talks
are scheduled for:

€ Oct. 3- Saturna BC. ³Creatures of the Deep² hosted by Saturna Island
Marine Research & Education Society and sponsored by the Capital Regional
District at the Saturna Community Hall;

€ Oct. 6- Sidney BC. ³Adventures with Orcas in the North Pacific² hosted by
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and Raincoast Conservation Foundation at the

€ Oct. 10- Olympia WA. ³Adventures with Orcas in the North Pacific² hosted
by The Whale Trail at the Olympia Friends Meeting Hall;

€ Oct. 11- Tacoma WA. ³Adventures with Orcas in the North Pacific² hosted by
Citizens for a Healthy Bay at the UW Carwein Hall; and

€ Oct. 13- Seattle WA. ³Ants, Orcas and Creatures of the Deep² hosted by The
Whale Trail at the Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle.

Tickets for the Saturna talk are available at the door for $10; for the
Sidney talk, go to Eventbrite
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/orcatoursidney-tickets-18576310244?aff=es2 .

Tickets for the Washington talks are available through Brown Paper Tickets,
http://brownpapertickets.com  (search Erich Hoyt).

Erich Hoyt¹s first killer whale expedition to Johnstone Strait sailed from
Victoria, BC in June 1973. He proceeded to spend parts of the next 10
summers with orcas, culminating in his now classic book Orca: The Whale
Called Killer. He is the author of 22 books including The Earth Dwellers and
Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. His most recent
book is the greatly expanded Creatures of the Deep, with state-of-the-art
photographs and stories of amazing species new to science.

In 1999 Hoyt, a Whale and Dolphin Conservation Research Fellow, co-founded
the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) to learn more about orca pods
targeted for aquarium captures and to get Russian students involved in
science and conservation of killer whales in Russian waters. Now in its 15th
year, FEROP has recorded the Russian pods and photo-IDed some 1500 orcas off
Kamchatka and in the Commander Islands ‹ including three white orcas found
so far in the study areas.

 ³We are living in an era and in a part of the world where whale research
has exploded,² said Hoyt. ³And we¹ve got some amazing orca stories to tell
here‹mostly positive, some heartbreaking, but all compelling.²

 ³Orca Tour 2015² celebrates the growing transboundary success and
collaboration between British Columbia organizations and The Whale Trail ‹ a
model for conservation everywhere. The Whale Trail is working closely with
the BC Cetacean Sightings Network and other groups to add new Whale Trail
sites from Victoria to Prince Rupert.

Interpretive panels will be installed at five locations this fall, and 30
sites in the southern Gulf Island will be marked with distinctive Whale
Trail markers. East Point, Saturna Island was the first BC Whale Trail site,
and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney is the most recent.

Orca Tour 2015 marks an historic return to Olympia, where Erich gave his
first presentation in the region almost 40 years ago. Erich spoke during the
first Orca Symposium at Evergreen State College in 1976. The Symposium
coincided with orca captures in nearby Budd Inlet that led to their banning
in Washington State.

For more information on The Whale Trail and Orca Tour 2015, go to

http://orcatour.org  and http://www.facebook.com/orcatour2015
http://www.thewhaletrail.org  and http://www.facebook.com/thewhaletrail.org
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Mike Sato
Salish Sea Communications: Truth Well Told
msato at rockisland.com

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