In this April 3, 2017 photo, two orcas pop up in front of the Bremerton ferry leaving for Seattle off Bachmann Park in Bremerton. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)

In this April 3, 2017 photo, two orcas pop up in front of the Bremerton ferry leaving for Seattle off Bachmann Park in Bremerton. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)

Learn about orcas — and maybe spot one — on a ferry

June is Orca Month in Washington. Throughout the month you can find pop-up presentations about our Southern Resident orca friends on Washington State Ferry routes — including the Edmonds-Kingston route — as part of the Ferry Naturalist Program put on by the Freeland-based Orca Network.

Trained naturalists will tell ferry riders about orcas as well as other whale species that can be spotted in the Salish Sea, said Cindy Hansen, education and events coordinator with the Orca Network. The program hopes to expand its presence beyond Orca Month.

Washington State Ferries is giving the group an assist with free walk-on tickets for the naturalists. Ferry staff also help the Orca Network’s data team by reporting whale sightings, Hansen said.

Learn more about orcas and Orca Month at orcamonth.wordpress.com.

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