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Free Event: “The Whale” @ Friday Harbor House

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 by

The Whale

Saturday, July 21st, 7:30 pm

Friday Harbor House, Friday Harbor, Wa

A Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening.

 Benefit for the Center for Whale Research

Filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit will personally present this engaging and visually stunning film as a benefit for the Center for Whale Research. Posters signed by the filmmakers will be available for purchase.




“There is a gossamer lyricism to “The Whale,” a documentary about an orca that became separated from its pod and adopted the residents of Nootka Sound in British Columbia as much as they did him. Like humans, orcas are highly social creatures, and Luna, as he was called, was the life of the party. The nuance of his gestures were wondrous to behold: playful, exuberantly extending the fin of friendship, he even helped timber workers in the area, pushing logs through the water with his nose.”  New York Times Critics’ Pick.

Please sign up to reserve seats for this special screening, all donations and proceeds from sales go exclusively to support the Center for Whale Research in their continued efforts to save the endangered population of Southern Resident orcas.

Learn more about the issues facing the Southern Resident orcas with Center for Whale Research senior scientist Ken Balcomb:

About the Center for Whale Research:

For over three decades, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been conducting annual photo-identification studies of the Southern Resident Killer whale (orca) population that frequent the inland waters of Washington State and lower British Columbia.

These studies have provided unprecedented baseline information on population dynamics and demography social structure and individual life histories.

This detailed understanding of population status and trends has supported management decisions in both Canada and the United States. Most recently, data derived from CWR’s long-term studies have been used to support listing decisions in the U.S. under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, and in Canada under the Species At Risk Act, with Southern Resident orcas now listed as Endangered in both countries.

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