Orca Soundings is an initiative celebrating the remaining southern resident Orca of the Salish Sea. A group of artists have been creating beauty-filled puppets with a community theatre in action approach, to share the vast wonders of our whale friends of the Salish Sea through community interest and participation.
This art project uses whale sculptures and their human guardians, in a performance that reflects the wide spread knowledge of—both traditional and scientific— and love for these whales. Every person involved in the project will be linked to an individual whale, and bring their own specific skills and story to the project. The project will bring together all 78 Orca in a live performance that will reach as many people as possible. The stories of the whales and people will be captured in film, art, song, performance and social media.
Learn about our resident Orcas and meet the community of artists and storytellers behind this initiative.
Become an Orca Guardian
“With the population of resident orca now down to 78 individuals, our little human group mirrors the whales in more ways than just numbers and range of ages. Like us, these orca have complex cultures and diverse languages. They care for their families and are led by matriarchs, long after their reproductive years. They have rituals for sharing territory. They sing, share their food, play, court, nurse their babies and, like us, grieve at loss.” — Briony Penn (Orca Ino L-54)