This June we celebrate the 12th annual Orca Awareness Month! Whilst our adoptee is a Northen Resident Orca, and the population is beginning to flourish, Orca Month aims to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered Southern Resident orca population. The Southern Resident population now numbers only 39 Orcas, due in part to the diminishing Salmon population on which this critically endangered orca population depends. If you’d like to learn more about Orca Awareness Month, visit their website!
At [d.p], it’s fair to say we love what we do and we do what we love. We’re very appreciative and feel fortunate that alot of you enjoy things with us as we grow and develop together.
This week we managed to take some time out with our friends at SurfWatch and talk a while about how we got here and what’s in store for [d.p]. You can see the full interview on the SurfWatch Blog, including the short teaser below.
If you’ve been following us for a little while, you’ll know that this year [dirty.pretty] adopted an Orca named Holly using your group join fees. April is a quiet month for the team at Orclab and in their update they decided to share a little bit of history about each of the adoption Orcas that the team observe in Johnstone Strait.
On 24th April, we officially opened the Ash Falls extension and we are so happy that you’ve been enjoying the new space!
Ash Falls has been home of dirty.pretty for a very long time; it’s been through various metamorphoses and taken lots of forms. In June ’17, Ash Falls was opened to the public and swiftly added to the photogenic location category in the Second Life Destination Guide. But whilst beautiful, we felt that Ash Falls hadn’t quite found its’ purpose in its’ newest form.
We are proud to share with you that our work to extend Ash Falls from a single homestead to a double homestead is now complete and we would love to invite you to visit, or re-visit, this much loved location on the grid.
Ash Falls is a collection of coastal islands, inspired by the rocky terrain, volcanic sands and rich green flora and fauna of the Pacific North West.
We’ve had our update from OrcaLab, and they had a pretty surprising visitor to Johnstone Strait during February! For the first time in 30 years the team were visited by a Sperm Whale. The researchers at OrcaLab have named him Yukusam, and they took a trip out on their boats to take a closer look. The last recorded sighting of a Sperm Whale in the Strait was in 1984 so the team are really happy to be able to observe Yukusam and will be sending us updates on him too.
In early January, Orcalab report having finally heard A5 pod’s calls on their underwater recordings. And, on 10th January again, their calls were heard from Johnstone Straight and Orcalab’s researchers contacted the Canadian Fisheries department. They were finally able to locate Holly and her family, along with other A5 pod orcas, at the Ecological Reserve at Robson Bight.
This week, Erebos Harbor has had lots of visitors exploring who are sharing their thoughts and images!
On Tuesday Blogger, creator and social media enthusiast Strawberry Singh TP’d in on her #ExploringSecondLife live stream to share her thoughts and reactions as she took in the Harbor for the first time as part of this weeks #SecondLifeChallenge.
Many of you that have stopped by to visit Erebos Harbor will have noticed our little Orca pod who live in the waters off the North West coast line! Just as our environments at Ash Falls and Erebos Harbor are inspired by the rugged topography, rocky ashen beaches and lush greenery of the stunning Pacific Northwest; our killer whales are inspired by the Northern Resident Orca community that live off of the coast of British Columbia.