J52 "Sonic" died - 3rd of 6 "2015 baby boom" orca to die

Center for Whale Research Press Release: As of September 19, 2017, another Southern Resident Killer Whale, J52 - a two and a half year-old male born during the so-called Baby Boom of 2015/2016 is deceased, presumably from malnutrition. His obligatory nursing ended more than a year ago, and his life was dependent upon salmon that have become in short supply this summer. He was last seen alive near the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on 15 September 2017, and photographs taken at the time reveal severe “peanut-head” syndrome associated with impending death.

 J52 showing the characteristic “peanut head” depression behind the outline shape of the skull covered by a thin blubber layer. Note eye in front of eyepatch. Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

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Become an Island Neighbor

Island Neighbors is a volunteer-based community outreach program designed to offer support and companionship to isolated seniors and persons with disabilities who are living independently but need extra help to sustain a healthier quality of life.

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Oct. 18: Celebrate Nat'l Coop Month with SJI Food Coop & OPALCO

In October, OPALCO is celebrating National Co-op Month in partnership with the Orcas Food Co-op and the San Juan Island Food Co-op. Members are invited to a series of member appreciation events with refreshments, give-aways and fun activities:

October 12: San Juan Island Food Co-op, From 6:30 to 8 pm

October 18: OPALCO Friday Harbor office, from 9 am to 3 pm

Oct. 12: Celebrate Nat'l Coop Month with OPALCO and SJI Food Coop

In October, OPALCO is celebrating National Co-op Month in partnership with the Orcas Food Co-op and the San Juan Island Food Co-op. Members are invited to a series of member appreciation events with refreshments, give-aways and fun activities:

October 12: San Juan Island Food Co-op, From 6:30 to 8 pm