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. She was seen with her second known offspring, Sweqo'llh (J-59), on March 1, 2022. Hy'Shqa's family consists of living siblings Suttles (J-40) and Se-Yi'-Chn (J-45), mother Samish (J-14), and great-grandmother Granny (J-2). "Hy'Shqa" is a Coast Salish/Samish word for "blessing" or "thank you." The name was give 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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