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12-Jan: The Orcas of Howe Sound

Our 2019 speaker series began on Saturday, 12 January, with a talk by Bob Turner on “The Orcas of Howe Sound”.

The return of Orcas (or Killer Whales) over the past decade has been an inspiring reminder that the health of Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem is in recovery. For the past several years, Bob, who is a long time Bowen resident, scientist, and now amateur film maker, has been recording stories about the wild inhabitants of Howe Sound. In this talk, Bob will speak about his experiences making two short movies about local Orcas: one shot by his brother while surrounded by a pod of orcas attacking a sea lion that had sought refuge against the hull of his boat; the other a quieter hour with a pod off the west side of Bowen Island.

Inspired as we are by these magnificent animals, we nonetheless need to confront the question of what it means for us to be good neighbours to the wild inhabitants of Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem.