From Orca Network:
Orca Network is sponsoring a special protest in Coupeville on Whidbey Island on May 15th – since this is where Lolita was captured in August, 1970, Orca Network is inviting paddlers for a kayak (or canoe or rowboat) protest on Penn Cove at the capture site.
Park at the DNR beach access just west of the Capt. Whidbey Inn on Madrona Way and launch about 5pm, when the tide is coming up.
The idea is to paddle out to the actual scene of the capture, between the Capt. Whidbey and the Penn Cove shellfish dock, with a banner or two between kayaks.
Signs, flags, bumper stickers, inflatable orcas, etc. can also be used, and if you don’t have a kayak, canoes or small boats are fine. Depending on weather, time, and tides, we may also paddle to the Coupeville wharf, where an educational exhibit about the Penn Cove orca capture is displayed.
Many thanks to Shelby Proie in Miami and Niki Gianni in Chicago for organizing this International Day of Protest for Lolita, the last surviving Southern Resident orca in captivity, held in a small talk at the Miami Seaquarium for nearly 40 years.
There are dozens of cities around the country and the world holding demonstrations for Lolita’s retirement on May 15th. For the updated list of protest locations, go to: http://www.savelolita.com/2010/04/14/details-on-international-protest-locations-for-may-15-2010/.