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Published: Monday, September 26, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Learn all about orcas Saturday

  • Associated Press / Elaine Thompson

    Associated Press / Elaine Thompson

  • Associated Press / Elaine Thompson

    Associated Press / Elaine Thompson

Take a fun plunge into the world of killer whales Saturday and you'll become somewhat of an orca expert.
After attending this show called "Killer Whale Tales," you'll be able to recognize whether an orca is hunting for salmon, playing or taking a nap.
Turns out, the killer whales go into "slumber mode" and put half their large brains to sleep when they are tired and keep moving with the other half of their brain awake.
You will learn these facts and more, along with experiencing a whale's-eye view of what it's like swimming with the San Juan killer whale pod.
"Killer Whale Tales" is presented by Jeff Hogan, a professional biologist and photographer and a trained actor who plays well to an audience of any age.
Hogan will be bringing the San Juan killer whale population to the Northwest Stream Center through underwater video.
"Jeff spends much of his time with the killer whales in waters around the San Juan Islands and has many great whale stories to tell, including the newest information on new baby whales," said Adopt-A-Stream Foundation spokesman Tom Murdoch in a press release.
Also, guests to this event will spend some time as whale researchers by using workbooks to learn to identify each whale in the pod by looking at the dorsal fin on its back.
"Killer Whale Tales" is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. To register, call 425-316-8592. Admission is $5 for Adopt-A-Stream Foundation members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information go to
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