THE ORCA PROJECT

The Orca Project: In 2002, the body of a female killer whale was found stranded on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Just offshore, a healthy, young male hovered close by, refusing gentle attempts to guide him into safer deep water. Although the male orca was saved, it was soon learned that the female's body carried one of the highest loads of toxic chemicals ever recorded in a marine mammal.

Local children who learned about her story gave her the name, "Hope."

The Orca Project was established to raise awareness of these remarkable animals, the threats they face, and things we can do to help them survive. 

Be sure to visit our new exhibit, Learning from Orcas—the Story of Hope