'Orca Sing' dedicated to the people and wildlife of the oil-stricken Gulf region

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This year's annual Orca Sing concert, June 19 at Lime Kiln State Park, was dedicated to the people and wildlife of the Gulf region.
— image credit: Jane K. Fox

The 11th annual Orca Sing concert — June 19, 6 p.m. at Lime Kiln Point State Park — was dedicated to the people and wildlife of the oil-stricken Gulf region.

The concert featured maestro Fred West and members of the City Cantabile Choir in a celebration in song and words for the Salish Sea's resident orca whales.

“This year we are dedicating this concert to the people and wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico suffering the devastation of the BP oil disaster,” West said before the event. He invited participants to "stand united to make sure a disaster like this never happens in Puget Sound.”

Kathy Fletcher of People For Puget Sound, an Orca Sing sponsor, said, “We don’t drill for oil in Puget Sound or along the Washington coast, but every day thousands of gallons of oil and oil products cross our waterways and we must make sure spills are prevented and worst-case scenarios are planned for.”

"Orca Sing" started with lighthouse tours and information booths. Tlingit artist Odin Lonning, whose works include a seven-foot-long carved and painted killer whale panel at the Seattle Aquarium, and "Orca Annie" Stateler opened with a traditional welcome.

"Orca Sing" is sponsored by People For Puget Sound, Friends of the San Juans, The Whale Museum, American Cetacean Society Puget Sound chapter, The Whale Trail, Orca Network and the City Cantabile Choir.

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