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Salish Sea Orca Sanctuary Project Kicks Off Public Meetings

Jul 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Whale Sanctuary Project aims to provide permanent home for orcas retired from marine parks and rescue/rehab for Southern Resident orcas in need.

SEATTLE – Starting July 16, the Whale Sanctuary Project will kick off a series of public meetings across the Puget Sound region to discuss the concept for a retirement home in the San Juan Islands for orcas retired from entertainment parks and aquariums, that would also serve as a rehab/rescue facility for the endangered Southern Resident orcas.

The meetings will be held in Olympia, Gig Harbor, Seattle, San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island.

Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, Charles Vinick, Executive Director, and Jeff Foster, who has led the whale sanctuary site search and is the project’s animal transfer and rehab coordinator, will present their vision for a 60 – 100 acre seaside sanctuary that will serve two purposes: It will care for orcas who have been retired from life in concrete tanks at marine parks and aquariums; and it will act as a full-service veterinary and “urgent care” facility in the San Juan Islands for free-ranging orcas who live-strand or need special assistance in a controlled setting prior to being returned to their pod.

The team will make a visual presentation and discuss with local communities to hear their input on the sanctuary idea, answer all questions, and discuss all concerns.

Town Meeting Details for Seattle

(The event is public and open to the media)


Seattle – Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Great Hall at Green Lake LLC – Great Hall
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE
Paid underground parking below PCC Community Market (one block from venue)

Please contact us with any questions.

The mission of the Whale Sanctuary Project is to establish a model seaside sanctuary where whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated or can live permanently in an environment that maximizes well-being and autonomy and is as close as possible to their natural habitat.


Jul 15, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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