7 FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE OUR ORCA WHALES
World Orca Day is a great time to think about celebrating our magnificent neighbors and spread awareness about their plight in the wild.
As you may know Orcas face many challenges. These days, orcas—also known as killer whales, blackfish and seawolves— are threatened by diminishing food sources, pollution, oil spills, and more. Here are a few ways you can celebrate and show your support for orcas.
1. Adopt an orca. By symbolically “adopting” a wild orca, you’ll be supporting initiatives for clean, healthy oceans where orcas can thrive. Plus, you can get an adorable plush orca and a cookie cutter as a thanks for your donation. https://whalemuseum.org/collections/adopt-an-orca
2. Make orca cookies. What else would you do with the above cookie cutter? https://www.amazon.com/Orca-Killer-Whale-Cookie-Cutter/dp/B00Y3KO28Y
3. Watch orcas in action. Whether they’re making a paddle boarder giggle, giving themselves massages, or battling sharks, orcas in the wild never fail to entertain. You’ll find fantastic tours available daily throughout the San Juan Islands; be it by land, sea or air VisitSanJuans.com can help find the right fit. https://www.visitsanjuans.com/what-to-do/all-san-juan-islands/whale-watching
4. Learn more about orcas, know the difference between resident, transient, and offshore orcas? Brushing up with NOAA on your basic orca knowledge can help spread the word. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/killer-whale
5. Get a tattoo. For the super dedicated orca lovers out there, what better way to show your dedication than to get a permanent tribute of the whales on your skin? (Though you can also be less committal with a temporary tattoo.) https://www.etsy.com/market/orca_tattoo
6. Blog and share on social media platforms about the orcas. Sharing fun facts about orcas helps to educate your followers; and sharing your whale watching photos and videos helps your followers get excited about their unique lives. Saving the orcas won’t happen unless more people care. https://www.whaleresearch.com/blog
7. Get yourself or friends and family orca swag showing your support for the stewardship of orca whales. https://whalemuseum.org/collections/merchandise