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Lynda Mapes | Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home
Join journalist Lyna Mapes, author of Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home on a multimedia dive into the world of the endangered southern resident orcas. Learn more at: www.orca-story.org

Orca whale J35, also known as “Tahlequah,” gave birth in
July of 2018 in the waters off British Columbia, but her calf
died soon after. She carried her dead newborn through the
waters of the Salish Sea for 17 days and more than 1,000
miles in what can only be described as grief, refusing to let
her baby go. This extraordinary behavior sparked not only
worldwide sympathy, but also increased awareness of the
peril that the southern resident orcas face.

Reporter Lynda V. Mapes and the staff of the Seattle Times stayed with
Tahlequah throughout her journey, telling the world of her loss, then
expanded on that reporting in the award-winning Seattle Times series
"Hostile Waters." Now, in Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home Mapes
takes us on a deeper dive, immersing us in the world of the southern
resident orcas to help us understand their unique society and show us
what has so reduced their once robust population.

LYNDA V. MAPES is an award-winning journalist and author of five books, including Elwha: A River Reborn and Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century- Old Oak. She lives in Seattle. More at: www.orca-story.org

“The home of the southern resident orcas and the salmon is our home too. And when they thrive, so will we.”

Jun 17, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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