Monday, August 2

Sabbath with the Sleeping Orcas of the San Juan Islands

I'm on personal Sabbath time - vacation - on Vancouver Island in Canada. We encountered a pod of resident Orcas today. I'm sharing a bad cell phone photo because I cannot process my regular photos until I get home. 🙂  And, I'm sharing a bit of information. Also, the photo is in the correct proportion for a Facebook header. Feel free to download it and use it if you want to remember them.

The Orcas pictured here are actually sleeping. Orcas swim and sleep in a gentle rhythm while in a pod together. I wonder what it would be like if we had a pattern of communal rest?

There are three species of Orca. Resident Orcas, Transient Orcas, and Offshore Orcas. Technically, there is one classification, but scientists think there are at least 3 different species and that needs to be addressed. The Resident Orcas of the PacNW are on the Endangered Species List in the US. There are 82 Resident Orcas.

The primary reasons for the Orca endangerment is habitat degradation, previous hunting/fishing of orca, and over fishing of Chinook Salmon (their preferred meal).

Orcas are matrilineal with hunting and fishing patterns taught by the mother. The oldest orca known is Granny. She is 104!


“If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity.
If there's no relationship with nature then you become a killer;
then you kill baby seals, whales, dolphins, and man
either for gain, for "sport," for food, or for knowledge.
Then nature is frightened of you, withdrawing its beauty.
You may take long walks in the woods or camp in lovely places
but you are a killer and so lose their friendship.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti


"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.”
― Job 12:7




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