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Meet the people behind Victoria’s pod of inflatable orcas – The Martlet

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 201964 Views

Local group raising funds and awareness for marine life through life-sized orcas has become a mainstay at Victoria events and protests

A pod of orcas breaches a crowd of people marching down the road — not a rare sight on the streets of downtown Victoria. Rain or shine, anti-Trans Mountain pipeline protest or trans-inclusionary celebrations, you can count on the members of the Canadian Orca Rescue Society to show up, life-sized inflatable orcas in hand.

The Canadian Orca Rescue Society was founded by Gregg McElroy and Eric Pittman two and a half years ago. It’s a passion project for both men, who spend a large amount of their time creating inflatable orcas, attending demonstrations, and collecting donations for conservation efforts.

“The 74 remaining southern resident orcas are among the most endangered whales on the planet,” the front page of the Canadian Orcas Rescue Society website reads. “Make no mistake, this is a rescue mission.”

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