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Tucker House recommends Orca Sing June 20th

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Orcas, also known as Killer Whales, in the Puget Sound.
– photo courtesy Center for Whale Research

And now for something completely different…..not only do you have a chance to see Orcas in the wild, you can also sing to them!

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, somewhere around 7pm, make sure you are at Lime Kiln Point State Park to participate in this glorious and almost spiritual ceremony of appreciation and respect for San Juan Island’s very own Killer Whales.  Yes, we do claim them as ours, because they visit us so frequently we have named every last one of them!

We do realize these beautiful creatures belong to the Sea and very probably have their own names for each other, but the residents of San Juan Islands take a particular protective interest in these animals.  At Orca Sing, we all have a chance to send that affection and awe over the water towards them.  In 2008, over 55 of the J, K & L superpod came by during Orca Sing, but normally the event is held just to remind us all of the wondrous place we live or are visiting.

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Part of the ceremony during Orca Sing is the performance of music and Native American songs to the Orcas

The event lasts until dusk, and is well attended.  Get there early, bring a lawn chair or blanket (those rocks can get a bit hard), some hot chocolate, light snacks….and your camera!

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The Annual Orca Sing, held on San Juan Island every June, is one of the ways the residents and visitors reach out with honor and respect for the resident Orcas.

This year’s singers are Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir, and some other music to be announced.  Take a moment to visit some of the tables around the lighthouse, where local non-profits share information about the whales and the island.  The event is free.

So if you haven’t already planned to be on San Juan Island on the weekend of Father’s Day, now is the time to call Tucker House and make those reservations!

 

 

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