If you missed Orca Network’s “Ways of Whales Workshop” on Jan.
26, you can still learn a lot from the videos recorded at the
workshop on Whidbey Island.
Toxic chemicals in the environment constitute one of the great
threats to killer whales, which are among the most polluted animals
in the world. Toxicologist Peter Ross of Canada’s Department of
Fisheries and Oceans always does a great job in explaining the
problem in simple terms and putting the issue into its full
Peter’s talk, shown in the video on this page, includes current
topics, such as oil transport into the Salish Sea and other
potential toxic threats. He provides a good history and background
on the topic up until 30 minutes into his talk, when he begins to
focus strongly on the issue of toxic chemicals and ways to address
The video cuts off at about 52 minutes, but Peter’s talk
continues in a second video. Here’s the YouTube link to Part
The other presentations at the “Ways of Whales Workshop” contain
a ton of interesting information. Orca Network has been generous to
post links to each of the talks on a single page on the Orca Network
Orca Network’s annual “Ways of Whales Workshop” on Whidbey
Island Saturday has lined up some great speakers this year.
The cost of the daylong workshop is $30, or $25 for students and
seniors. If you register right away, you can buy lunch for an extra
$10. Visit the
website for registration and additional information.
Peter Ross, a researcher with Canada’s
Department of Fisheries and Oceans, will discuss toxic pollution
and whales in a talk titled, “Of Whales and Men: Ocean Pollution in
the 21st Century.” Peter is a leading researcher in the effort to
determine why killer whales in the Northwest are among the most
contaminated mammals in the world.
Other speakers include Don Noviello of the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, who will discuss plans
to protect marine mammals from the threat of an oil spill;
John Gussman and Jessica Plumb,
who are documenting in film and photos the restoration of the Elwha
River; Steve Mashuda, an attorney for Earthjustice
who will review legal attempts to remove the Southern Resident
killer whales from the Endangered Species Act; and Howard
Garrett of Orca Network, who will present a theory about
why male orcas stay with their mothers for life.
Sustainable Cinema Series
Another event worth noting is the film “The Pacific Rim:
Americas” about the dynamic geology of the West Coast.
The film will be shown Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Dragonfly
Cinema in Port Orchard. Jim Bolger of the Puget
Sound Partnership will lead a discussion during the event. A $5
donation is suggested. See Kitsap County’s news
release for details.
The film is being shown as part of the Sustainable Cinema
Series, sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte
Garrido, who hopes the films will stimulate discussion
about environmental issues.