Proceeds from orca adoptions support ongoing education, research and public outreach on behalf of the Southern Resident Community of killer whales.
Hy'Shqa (pronounced "Hy'shka") had her first offspring, T'ílem Ínges (J-49), in August 2012. Hy'Shqa has two living siblings, Suttles (J-40) and Se-Yi'-Chn (J-45). With the death of their mother in 2016 Hy'Shqa is now the matriarch of her family. Her name is a Coast Salish/Samish word for "blessing" or "thank you," the name given to her during a traditional potlatch ceremony held by the Samish Nation on October 6, 2001.
A one-year symbolic orca adoption includes:
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