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Killer Whale Tales at the Northwest Stream Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m., the Adopt A Stream Foundation and Snohomish County Parks are presenting Killer Whale Tales at the Northwest Stream Center in Mc Collum Park, 600-128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208.  Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592 ($5 Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members).

In addition to seeing a fabulous killer whale event, reservation holders will be able to enjoy seeing a Trout Stream Exhibit and spring flowers next to a 1/2 mile long  Elevated Nature Trail. The Gate House will open one hour in advance for early arrivals.  

k16 full breachPhoto by Jeff HoganKiller Whale Tales was created by Jeff Hogan who has been conducting research on the San Juan killer whales over the last 17 years. In addition to being a biologist, Jeff is a professional photographer and a trained actor.  He puts on a “whale of a show” that has been enjoyed by more than 65,000 folks along the west coast.

Jeff is bringing the San Juan Killer Whale population to the Northwest Stream Center via amazing photographs and underwater video. After attending this show, when you see a killer whale in the wild, you will be able to recognize if that whale is swimming to get to another location, hunting for salmon, or just playing. You will also be able to tell if killer whales are sleeping.  It turns out that their brains are so large that they put half their brain to sleep when they are tired and keep moving with the other half of their brain awake in slumber mode!

Thanks to a research web-cam that was temporarily attached to a very large male killer whale’s dorsal fin (the big fin on its back that sticks out of the water), Jeff will also provide you a “whale’s eye view” of what it is like to swim with the San Juan pod!

During this event, which will be opened by Sammy the Salmon, you will be provided “whale trading cards” that will enable you to identify each whale by looking at its dorsal fin.  You will also find out that it is fun to be a whale researcher. Killer Whale Tales is a wonderful event for elementary aged kids to old-timers ... it is a good idea to register early as space is limited!

To learn about upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events, go to www.streamkeeper.org.

 

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