ORCA NETWORK Overview
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% Howard Garrett
Programs: Projects include our popular Whale Sighting Network, educational programs and materials, the Free Lolita project and the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Orca Network has also been actively engaged in efforts to keep orcas out of captivity, with our focus on Lolita, or Tokitae, the L pod/Southern Resident orca captured off Whidbey Island in 1970, living in the smallest tank in the country at the Miami Seaquarium ever since.
Orca Network also oversees the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network, responding to hundreds of calls about stranded or dead marine mammals, conducting necropsies and testing to determine cause of death, which helps researchers understand the health of our marine mammals and ocean ecosystems. We also conduct countless hours of education at the Coupeville Wharf, events, and on the beach, especially during seal pup season.