Orcas are one of the symbols of the Northwest. To many people here they represent a combination of power, grace, and intelligence. They have long been revered by native populations as well. In their mythology killer whales are frequently regarded as symbols of the importance and value of family. Some peoples believe Orcas are reincarnated family members.
Orcas flourished in Puget Sound for millennia. But now their existence here (and in other locations) is threatened due to environmental degradation. Estimates put the current population of local Orcas at 75.
When we chose to name our journal Orca we recognized we had some responsibility to join the effort to support these magnificent animals. We hope you’ll consider doing the same. Below are some resources where you can find out more and make contributions of time and resources: