August 29, 2012
Orcas Live on OrcaLab
The next best thing to watching orcas in person is watching them from my desk in West Seattle, thanks to OrcaLab’s video stream!
Paul Spong and Helena Symonds at OrcaLab pioneered the concept of non-invasive orca research, recording, watching, and listening to the whales unobtrusively from their perch on Hanson Island, B.C. And they’ve given us all a window onto the whales’ world, with newly relaunched video streams.
Thanks to Paul, Helena, Leah, Marie and everyone at OrcaLab for letting us experience the whales, without disturbing them. A model for how it should be done!
Donna Sandstrom has been interested in orcas since 1982, when she moved to Seattle. She saw her first orca from the deck of the Gikumi in Johnstone Strait in 1985.
Over the next years she produced events like OrcaFest 1995, and a symposium "Lolita Come Home" in 1996. She is expert at bringing diverse people together to achieve a common goal, a skill honed during her 14 years in software development at Adobe Systems.
In 2002, Donna was part of the effort to return Springer, an orphaned orca, to her pod and native waters on the north end of Vancouver Island. The project is the only successful orca rehabilitation in history. In July 2013, Springer was seen with her first calf!
Inspired by Springer's success, and alarmed at the plight of the southern resident orcas, Donna started The Whale Trail in 2008. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 206.919.5397