Proceeds from orca adoptions support ongoing education, research and public outreach on behalf of the Southern Resident Community of killer whales.

Sxwyeqólh (J-59) (translation: Reason for Hope Child; pronounced Swee-uh-kosh, brings hope for the future. Her mother is Hy'Shqa (pronounced "Hy'shka") a Coast Salish/Samish word for "blessing" or "thank you." The name was given to her during a traditional potlatch ceremony held by the Samish Nation on October 6, 2001.  J-59’s brother T'ílem Ínges (J-49), aunt Suttles (J-40) and uncle  Se-Yi'-Chn (J-45) received their names in the same way when they were very young.  J-59 received her name during the Samish Indian Nation's Naming Ceremony on June 24, 2023.


A one-year symbolic orca adoption includes:

  • A personalized adoption certificate with a 3" x 5" photo of your whale.
  • A personal biography of your whale.
  • A genealogy chart.
  • A 16-page informational booklet about the Southern Resident Orcas.
  • An annual subscription to our Cetus newsletter.
  • Monthly orca updates delivered via email.
  • A one-year Whale Museum individual membership.
  • Eco Friendly adoption delivered via email includes personalized desktop certificate, Orca Sound Clip (patch, bumper sticker and 16-page Southern Resident Orca booklet not included).

See what is included in Email (Eco) and Family or Classroom packages! Just change package & delivery options below.

All prices reflect shipping. Packages ship within 5 business days.

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Instead of another certificate and 16-page booklet, we'll send you a "renewal star" for your current certificate and a new 4" x 6" photo of your whale. You'll also receive an "Orca Steward" magnet instead of a patch (not included in eco-friendly renewals).
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Recipient information is only used to deliver adoption benefits, like Monthly Orca Updates and our Cetus newsletter. Recipient information is not used for marketing purposes. Adoptions are processed and in the mail within five business days.

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