The Canadian Orca Rescue Society will be holding a 17-day vigil in Victoria to further highlight the plight of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population.
It will take place between 5-7 pm from October 1st to 17th in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It will include a sunset ceremony at 6:30 p.m. with guest speakers each evening. The public is invited to take part.
The 17-days vigil is in honour of Southern Resident Orca J35, marking the time she carried her calf, who died shortly after birth, around the Salish Sea in July and August. It was an act of mourning that garnered international attention.
Organizers say the vigil is a way of amplifying her voice as they urge governments to take emergency action to protect the Southern Resident population.