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The plight of one of the ocean’s most iconic creatures will be in the spotlight this Sunday, May 26, as Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science Center plays host to Orca Awareness Day.

Organized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, the event features activities for all ages, including a photo op with an orca. Naturalist Harry Reid will give a presentation titled “All About Orca” at 11:30 am in the visitor center auditorium.

This event kicks of Orca Action Month, which begins in June, raising awareness of issues including the continuing decline in the population of Southern Resident Killer Whales. There are three pods of Southern Resident Killer Whales that are usually seen from spring through fall around the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The whales have also been spotted off the Central Oregon Coast as they follow the salmon runs. The December 2018 census indicates that there are only 75 of these creatures left, the lowest the population has been since 1984.

The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. Admission is free but donations to the Hatfield center are greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact Joy Primrose at marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com or 541-517-8754.

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