Interested in learning what you can do to help protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales? The Salish Sea is home to many marine mammals, but most known as the home of the Southern Resident Community of orcas or killer whales (SRKWs). This unique population of orcas feeds on fish, preferably salmon, and lives in close family groups. The Southern Resident orcas are listed as endangered in both Canada and the United States. Only 75 orcas remain as of February 2021. One of the best ways to help these whales is to Be Whale Wise!
Are you also interested in winning 2022 season tickets to the Seattle Seahawks?! Make sure to stop by the Golden Boat Lifts booth (West 46) for your chance to win Seahawks season tickets and learn about SRKW!
The Be Whale Wise initiative was started in 1993 to raise awareness of the effects of boating on SRKW. Did you know that a SRKW uses echolocation to find their food? But when a boat’s engine creates noise in the water it can disrupt the frequencies, as well as their communication between other whales. That is why state regulations require vessels to stay at least 300 yards away from the SRKW and 400 yards when behind or in the path of SRKW (that’s four whole football fields in Seahawks terms!).
However, you could be less than a football field away from the Seahawks for the whole 2022 season! All you have to do is visit the Golden Boat Lifts booth and pledge to Be Whale Wise for your chance at the Enter to Win!
Learn more about boating’s effects on SRKW, the Whale Warning Flag, and how you can win season tickets to the Seahawks by visiting Golden Boat Lifts at Booth West 46.
Want to learn more about Be Whale Wise right now? Visit their website: https://www.bewhalewise.org/
Header Photo: Soundwatch NMFS permit # 21114/18786-03