The return of Orcas (or Killer Whales) to Howe Sound over the past decade has been an inspiring reminder that the health of Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem is in recovery. For the past several years, as a long time Bowen resident, scientist, and now amateur filmmaker, I have been recording stories about the wild inhabitants of Howe Sound.
To this end, Bowen Island Conservancy is hosting my talk on “The Orcas of Howe Sound” on Saturday, January 12 at 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (upstairs, past the office) in the Bowen Island Community School.
I will speak about my experiences making two short movies about local Orcas: one shot by my brother while surrounded by a pod of orcas attacking a sea lion that had sought refuge against the hull of his boat; the other a quieter hour with a pod off the west side of Bowen Island.
Inspired as we are by these magnificent animals, we nonetheless need to confront the question of what it means for us to be good neighbours to the wild inhabitants of Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem.