“Penn Cove Orca Capture Commemoration, Coupeville Wharf, Whidbey Island – Wednesday August 8, 2019”
“On August 8th, 1970 all three pods of Southern Resident orcas were driven into Penn Cove where the young were separated from their mothers and families to be hauled out for delivery to marine parks. Each year for over two decades Orca Network has held a commemoration event to remember the tragedy and look ahead to the prospects for the return to the Salish Sea of Lolita/Tokitae, now named in a Lummi ceremony Sk’ali Ch’ehl-tenaut, after a Native village near where she was captured in Penn Cove.
“On Wednesday August 8th, from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Orca Network staff and volunteers will be at the Coupeville Wharf with educational displays and information about Tokitae and the orca captures. From 3:00 to 5:00 pm, the sailing ships Suva and Cutty Sark will provide ceremonial sails into Penn Cove to the capture sites for an on the water remembrance . Tickets for the boat trip are $75 and registration is available HERE.”
“Abducted from the Salish Sea some 48 years ago. Since then she has been at Miami Seaquarium in a small concrete tank, performing two shows a day for tourists. The Lummi Nation has committed to bringing her home to her native waters in the Salish Sea, and hopefully reuniting her with her original pod, where her probable mother still swims,” quoting the Orca Network. Video: The story of Tokitae.