Orca sightings never fail to get the blood pumping, and keyboards going on social media.
“Looks like an orca/killer whale is trapped or dying out in front of Maple Hollow… it’s not moving… should this be reported to some state agency?” writes Terri Mountjoy-Pepka on the Facebook group’s Key Peninsula Washington page early Tuesday morning.
At least a dozen commenters jumped into the conversation minutes after the post.
Then Mountjoy-Pepka posts an update a few minutes later: “It’s gone now, we didn’t see what happened… either sunk, eaten or swam away???”
“Hopefully swam!” Kelly Mcfarlane responds. “I would still report it so maybe they can send out a search to make sure the whale gets the care it needs!”
Orcas are an uncommon sight these days, but they are out there. We hear about these mammals mostly when they are in trouble.
When you see an animal, your best bet is probably to contact the Orca Network at 360-331-3543 or toll-free at (866) ORCANET (672-2638) or email Orca Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This nonprofit organization was created specifically to raise awareness about the animals in the Pacific Northwest, according to its website orcanetwork.org.
“A community is emerging that is increasingly attuned to the orca population, that cares about and tries to understand the needs of the resident and transient orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea,” its website states.
If you are interested in where the animals have been sighted and want to keep track of them, go here: http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php?categories_file=Orca%20Tracker.