FRAGILE WATERS: A film of hope to save orcas

This groundbreaking collaboration between Orca Network and filmmaker Rick Wood, tells the untold story of one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world and those who are working desperately to save them.

Coastal Native tribes had a saying, “No fish, no Blackfish,” which meant without Chinook salmon, there are no orcas.  “Fragile Waters” is the story of connectivity, balance and finding solutions. It is also a call to action, for the Southern Resident Killer Whales are in a perilous and steady decline.

As a film produced by Orca Network (Orca Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization registered in Washington State, dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats), “Fragile Waters” will be used exclusively in support of orca conservation and education.

“It’s a very complex story,” said director Rick Wood. “Like the Salish Sea itself, there are so many moving parts that are all connected to one another.”

Time is critical to the story. The Southern Residents have seen a drop of more than 10 percent of their population in the past 9 years. The health of the water they call home is equally imperiled.

The key to their survival is restoring the health of Chinook salmon (their primary food source) and cleaning waterways.

“It’s an amazing struggle and a story that few folks have seen a complete picture of,” said Wood. “There’s a Native American element, a conservationist element, the scientific element – heck, there’s even a whale poop sniffing dog.” 

Tapping into the nation’s foremost experts on Southern Resident Killer Whales and salmon, the documentary will take to the air, under the sea, on the water and high into the mountains to tell this incredible story. Rick Wood is an award-winning journalist, whose writing and wildlife photography have been seen by millions. His first documentary film, “Journey Home: On a Mission to Save a Species,” has helped save sea turtles in Florida.

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