Noted orca expert to speak at historical society meeting
Howard Garrett from the Orca Network is the featured speaker at the Mukilteo Historical Society meeting, Thursday, June 14.
The meeting will be from 7:15 – 8:10 p.m., in the Fowler Room of the Rosehill Community Center. Refreshments, including the Orca favorite of salmon, will be served.
Mr. Garret will highlight current scientific issues within the Orca research community; review the state of the “killer whale” pods in Puget Sound, including threats to their survival; and offer a perspective on the ruling of six weeks ago in which Sea World was found negligent in the death of a trainer of captive Orcas.
Garret’s initial fascination with Orcas began 30 years ago when he came to the Northwest with his new degree in sociology to help his brother at the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor.
When asked how the study of sociology prepared him for Orca research, Howard replied that “the more we learn about these amazing animals, the more we realize just how much they communicate within their groups, and even how they transmit cultural patterns over time – just like humans.”