L-54 INO 

I was born in 1977 and am 40 years old and in the prime of my life. Even though I have lost my Mum and 3 siblings, I am happy to say I am the proud Mother of 3 offspring, 2 of which have survived: Coho (L-108) and Keta (L-117). We are a very tight, independent family and include Nyssa (L-840) and Wave Walker (L-88) much of the time.

Orca Soundings is a project linking individual whales from the 78 resident orcas in the Salish Sea to a human guardian. A collection of artists, marine biologists, filmmakers, teachers, parents, children, and activists have banded together to “twin” with whales from the resident J, K, and L pods of the Salish Sea. I am honoured to be paired with L-54 Ino, a whale mother who swims as part of the L-pod with her two sons Coho and Keta through the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Puget Sound and Vancouver/Vancouver Island.  

Over my life and Ino’s life, we have witnessed the decline in herring, salmon, seabird and marine invertebrate populations from overfishing, disease from fish farms, pollution, habitat loss and industrialization. On the other hand, we have raised our sons in a time that has seen the return of the humpback and fin whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins to the Salish Sea with the moratorium on whaling. The survival and restoration of this amazing inland sea is dependent on us all pulling together and paddling in the same direction. It is about embracing the conditions that allow the Orca to flourish—a sea cherished not exploited. There is a better model for living in this place and that is under the natural laws of the Coast Salish people that is why I am standing up for their legal challenges and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s legal challenge for these species at risk. They are the umbrella species of the Salish Sea under which we all shelter. 

Thank you so much for your care and love for orcas.. and please don’t forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in sponsoring an orca whale and contributing towards the survival — and flourishing — of Salish Sea orcas and their kin.