Killer Whale Tales at the Northwest Stream Center

Sep 28, 2016
You can become an expert on the San Juan killer whale population if you attend Killer Whale Tales on Oct. 1 at McCollum Park.

The Adopt A Stream Foundation and Snohomish County Parks are presenting Killer Whale Tales at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600-128th St. SE, Everett.

Before or after the show, the Killer Whale Tales audience also will be able to enjoy looking through the viewing windows into the Northwest Stream Center Trout Stream Exhibit, and taking a stroll through complex forest and wetlands on a new 1/2 mile-long elevated nature trail.

Killer Whale Tales was created by Jeff Hogan who has been conducting research on the San Juan Killer Whales over the last 17 years.

In addition to being a biologist, Jeff is a professional photographer and a trained actor. He puts on a “whale of a show” that has been enjoyed by more than 65,000 kids and old-timers along the West Coast.

Hogan is bringing the San Juan Killer Whale population to the Northwest Stream Center via photographs and underwater video. After attending this show, when you see a killer whale in the wild, you will be able to recognize if that whale is swimming to get to another location, hunting for salmon, or just playing.

You will also be able to tell if killer whales are sleeping. It turns out that their brains are so large that they put half their brain to sleep when they are tired and keep moving with the other half of their brain awake in slumber mode.

Thanks to a research web-cam that was temporarily attached to a very large male killer whale’s dorsal fin (the big fin on its back that sticks out of the water), Hogan will also provide you a “whale’s eye view” of what it is like to swim with the San Juan pod.

During this event you will be provided “whale trading cards” that will enable you to identify each whale by looking at its dorsal fin. You will also find out that it is fun to be a whale researcher.

Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. Admission is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 for non-members. Seating is limited to 150.

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