Welcome to the orcasphere!

The orcasphere is a virtual collaborative space inspired by the Southern Resident Killer Whale Symposium held in Seattle, Washington, from April 3-5, 2006.

The Symposium was an intellectual exchange between scientists, policy makers, managers, industry representatives, and the general public. Participants shared multidisciplinary, multinational insights into the natural history of the local orcas. There was a uniform spirit of constructive dialogue in pursuit of truth, pressing questions, and a precautionary approach to recovery of this iconic endangered species.

In that spirit, the orcasphere is devoted to the southern residents. It is a place to learn and promulgate with their recovery and their ecosystem in mind. It is a space in which to experiment with new tools for communication and coordination. May we maintain a clear perspective here on their progress and plight. Please share your thoughts and ask your questions.

P.S. (Thanks to Howard Garrett of Orca Network for the “orcasphere” name.)

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