Orca SP-726 - History

Orca SP-726 - History

(SP-726; t. 37; 1. 85'; b. 11'8"; dr. 4'3"; s. 12.5 k.; cpl. 15; a. 1 1-pdr., 1 mg.)

Orca, a steam yacht built by George Lawley .£ Sons Corp., Neponset, Mass., commissioned in the Navy 8 May 1917 Boatswain F. D. Grassie in command, and was formally purchased by the government from S. W. Colten, Bryn Marwr Pa. 17 May 1917.

Operating in the 1st Naval District, headquarters at Boston during World War I Orca patrolled in and around Boston throughout her Naomi career, moored to Fishe Wharf, Boston from October to December 1918. In December, she steamed to Quincy, scheduled for decommissioning the 30th.

After decommissioning, Orca was struck from the Navy Register and ordered sold 18 August 1919. She was sold to Frazer Brace &: Co., New York City 2 February 1920.

Orca (SS-34), name changed to K-3 (q.v.) on 17 November

Orca (SS-381), name changed to Ojanco on 5 September 1942 and subsequently to Sand Lance (q.v.) on 24 September 1942.


World Orca Day was launched by Dr Ingrid N. Visser on the 8th of November 2013, at the World Whale Conference, in Boston USA.

The inaugural observation day was 14 July 2014.

Dr Visser is a cetologist who researches orca in New Zealand waters through the Orca Research Trust, which she founded in 1998.

World Orca Day was launched in collaboration with the Orca Research Trust. Other orca-centric, cetacean and ocean focused organisations joined in the event. The support for World Orca Day continues to grow and by 2020 there were more than 40 NGOs and other bodies endorsing and promoting the event.

Dr Visser explains why World Orca Day is held during the month of July:

The concept was inspired by multiple orca related events, each occurring in July, but in different years. The first began in 2002, with the rescue of a young female orca, named Springer who was found alone off the west coast of the USA. She had become emaciated and therefore a rescue plan was put in place, where she was captured and then rehabilitated in a seapen in her home waters of Canada.

This ground-breaking rescue was coordinated in conjunction with Government Authorities from both the USA and Canada. Jeff Foster who had worked on the rehabilitation of the orca known as Keiko (the star of the movie Free Willy), also assisted, along with many others (and a big thanks to everyone for their efforts!). The rehabilitation program of Springer was already deemed successful once she was reunited with her family in July of 2002. Additionally, in July 2013, Springer had a calf (since named Spirit), which reinforced just how impactful genuine rehabilitation and release can be.

Between these July events, another rescue of a young female orca was conducted, this one in July 2008, on the coast of New Zealand. The orca was subsequently named Rakey-Cousteau, after Jean-Michel Cousteau who worked alongside me at the rescue.

Also, July has traditionally been the month of ‘Superpod’, which is an informal gathering of international orca scientists, advocates, filmmakers, former orca trainers, naturalists and people who want to see the species in their natural environment. With this accumulation of events, and as the idea began to form in my head, July became the obvious choice for World Orca Day.

Dr Ingrid N. Visser (left) and accompanying researchers, in the Orca Research Trust vessel, photographing and adult male orca in the waters off New Zealand.

About ORCA

Welcome to the online home of the Old Reel Collectors Association, Inc. On these pages you will find information about our organization and what we offer to people who are interested in learning more about old fishing reels. ORCA is The Old Reel Collectors Association, Inc., which is a non-profit, educational corporation. We are a loose knit group of fishing reel collectors who are joined by our interest in old fishing reels and their history. ORCA welcomes new members and anyone else that is interested in fishing reels made all over the world.

As our Constitution and By Laws say:

To learn more about ORCA, please step inside and read about us, or click on any of the links provided on this page. You may also join our Reel Talk Forum to ask questions about your old fishing tackle.

ORCA House is a non-profit, adult rehabilitation center located in greater Cleveland.

ORCA House provides recovery services to men, women, and families suffering from addiction.

Chemical dependency is a progressive, treatable disease that impacts the entire family unit. To best treat dependency, ORCA House has a holistic, culturally-relevant approach to services. Family is involved in the process while the needs of recovering individuals are met.

ORCA House offers both a men’s and women’s residential program. The building houses 16 beds for chemically dependent men and 12 beds for women.

ORCA House services include:

  • Individual/group therapy
  • Job development classes
  • Recreation therapy
  • Life skills
  • Anger management
  • Daily 12-step group involvement

The killer whale, also known as orca, is the ocean’s top predator. It is the largest member of the Delphinidae family, or dolphins. Members of this family include all dolphin species, as well as other larger species, such as long-finned pilot whales and short-finned pilot whales, whose common names also contain "whale" instead of "dolphin."

Found in every ocean in the world, they are the most widely distributed of all cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Scientific studies have revealed many different populations with several distinct ecotypes (or forms) of killer whales worldwide—some of which may be different species or subspecies. They are one of the most recognizable marine mammals, with their distinctive black and white bodies. Globally, killer whales occur in a wide range of habitats, in both open seas and coastal waters. Taken as a whole, the species has the most varied diet of all cetaceans, but different populations are usually specialized in their foraging behavior and diet. They often use a coordinated hunting strategy, working as a team like a pack of wolves.

Hunters and fishermen once targeted killer whales. As a result, historical threats to killer whales included commercial hunting and culling to protect fisheries from killer whales. In addition, although live capture of killer whales for aquarium display and marine parks no longer occurs in the United States, it continues to remain a threat globally. Today, some killer whale populations face many other threats, including food limitations, chemical contaminants, and disturbances from vessel traffic and sound. Efforts to establish critical habitat, set protective regulations, and restore prey stocks are essential to conservation, especially for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population.

All killer whale populations are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Only two populations receive additional special protections under federal law:

  • Southern Resident Distinct Population Segment (DPS) (listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
  • AT1 Transient stock (designated as depleted under the MMPA).

Southern Resident killer whales are the only endangered population of killer whales in the United States, ranging from central California to southeast Alaska. Long-term commitments across state and international borders are needed to stabilize the Southern Resident population and prevent their extinction. The Southern Resident killer whale is one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight. This initiative includes animals considered most at risk for extinction and prioritizes recovery efforts.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to the conservation of killer whales and the protection and recovery of endangered populations. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study and protect them. We also work with our partners to develop regulations and management plans that protect killer whales and their food sources, decrease contaminants in oceans, reduce ocean noise, and raise awareness about the whales and the actions people can take to support their recovery.

Population Status

Several different populations and ecotypes of killer whales are found throughout the world. NOAA Fisheries estimates population size in our stock assessment reports. It is estimated that there are around 50,000 killer whales globally. Approximately 2,500 killer whales live in the eastern North Pacific Ocean—home to the most well-studied killer whale populations.

In recent decades, several populations of killer whales have declined and some have become endangered. The population of AT1 Transients, a stock of Transient killer whales in the eastern North Pacific, has been reduced from 22 to 7 whales since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. In 2004, NOAA Fisheries designated this stock as depleted under the MMPA based on the results of the status review (PDF, 25 pages).

Scientists estimate the minimum historical population size of Southern Residents in the eastern North Pacific was about 140 animals. Following live-capture in the 1960s for use in marine mammal parks, 71 animals remained in 1974. Although there was some growth in the population in the 1970s and 1980s, with a peak of 98 animals in 1995, the population experienced a decline of almost 20 percent in the late 1990s, leaving 80 whales in 2001. The 2020 population census counted only 72 whales, and three new calves have been born following the census bringing the total of this struggling population to 75. In 2003, NOAA Fisheries began a research and conservation program with congressional funding to address the dwindling population. Southern Residents were listed as Endangered in 2005 under the ESA and a recovery plan (PDF, 1.7MB) was completed in 2008.

Orca SP-726 - History


The Ocean Reef Community Association (ORCA) Keeps the Reef Running by providing city-style services to the entire Ocean Reef Community. Unlike other homeowners associations, ORCA provides fire, medical and security services through our Public Safety department, sewer and irrigation services through our utility plant, and a public works department that maintains our community&rsquos landscape and infrastructure. Your Ocean Reef Community Association provides the most services and has the lowest all-in cost (association cost and property tax) compared to any other similar community!

ORCA also manages a number of diverse groups: Volunteer Fire Department, Grayvik Animal Care Center (Home of ORCAT), the NKLUC (North Key Largo Utility Corp.) and the Reverse Osmosis Plant.

Nearly four decades ago, on an isolated key off the Florida coast, a few

hundred homeowners found themselves on their own. They had turned

a 1940&rsquos fishing camp into the foundations of the remarkable Ocean

Reef Club. But as their numbers grew, they had to set up their own

security and fire department, pest control, and canal cleaning. They had

to maintain their own roads, sewers, vacant lots and public areas. In

their hands was responsibility for their mail room, waste collection, their

little telephone directory, even a community newspaper. They needed

the services a small city might provide. There just wasn&rsquot a small city

These homeowners decided to govern themselves. They called

themselves the Ocean Reef Improvement Association. And that&rsquos what

they did: improve life for all homeowners on the Reef &mdash until 1992,

Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs

Director Lamont Carey, a native Washington has been involved in various facets of reentry for the past 17 years. He has worked with legislators, nonprofits, philanthropists and other groups that focus on policy, prevention and successful reentry. He has used his personal experiences with the criminal justice system to fuel his passion to help others recognize and overcome barriers to increase the opportunity for success.

View the Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs' organizational chart.

Resources and Programs


The Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens Affairs (MORCA) opened its doors in 2007 as the first legislatively-mandated office in the country specifically serving formerly incarcerated individuals. MORCA serves as the principal contact point for returning citizens by removing barriers to reentry, and empowering residents to connect to services for employment, health, education, housing assistance, and family needs. Over the years, MORCA has grown to provide case management services, family unification engagements, prison outreach, and critical vital records assistance.

Contact Us

2100 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, SE, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 715-7670
Fax: (202) 715-7672
TTY: 711
Email: [email protected]

YETI Coolers

YETI coolers are of a great reputation thanks to the quality coolers/products they make. Their coolers come in many different designs and sizes with four main series that are all made with neat details and features.

Here, we’ll take a look at the name and specifications of each series that YETI brought to the market, and we’ll start with the soft ones.

Coole ImageCooler NameTypeSize
Yeti TundraRotomolded35 - 420 QT
Yeti RoadieRotomolded20 QT Only
Yeti HopperSoft20 or 30 QT
Yeti TankRotomolded45 or 85 QT

YETI Hopper Soft Coolers

This line consists of Six awesome soft coolers that vary in size and come in two colors fog gray/tahoe blue and field tan/blaze orange. They might be called soft but they are everything but soft.

This line begins with the Hopper Flip 8 cooler that can store up to 10 pounds of ice, all the way to the Hopper Two 40 that can hold up to 36 cans plus ice. All of them are made of high-density fabric that is waterproof and resistant to mildew, punctures, and UV rays.

Also, they’re all featured with a HYDROLOK™ ZIPPER that’s considered to be the toughest, highest-performing waterproof and leak-proof cooler zipper in the world.

All of these coolers can be used during family/friend picnics, road trips, fishing/camping or any other activity that you can think of. They’re so easy to handle with their shoulder straps and rigid carry handles, as they are so hard to damage thanks to their design and the flexible materials used to build them.

YETI’s Hard Coolers

Now, YETI’s hard coolers come in 4 different series:

  • Roadie which comes in one size only where you can store up to 20 lbs of ice, and it comes in 4 different colors white, desert tan, ice blue and coral.
  • SILO G6 the portable water cooler that also comes in one size but only one color white. It’s featured with a SUREPOUR™ SPIGOT that’s designed to offer fast fill ups. It’s the coolest thing actually.
  • Tank series that comes in two sizes and 3 colors white, desert tan and ice blue. It’s the perfect party-ready ice tub that’ll keep all of your drinks cool and fresh.
  • Last but not least, Tundra is the largest series with 13 different sizes that start from 20 QT all the way to 350 QT which is crazily huge. This Tundra line can serve all different users and purposes as there is a great add to this series the Tundra Haul cooler (55 lbs of ice) which is featured with nearly-indestructible NeverFlat™ Wheels and T-Bar StrongArm™ Handle for a life time durability. This line as well comes in different colors except for some sizes that come in white only.

These 4 lines are the smoothest thing ever given their simple yet highly professional design. Their outer body is made using ROTOMOLDED CONSTRUCTION that makes each and every cooler virtually indestructible. Moreover, the walls and lids are pressure-injected with commercial-grade polyurethane foam which adds to the cooler insulation ability.

Most of these coolers are featured with T-Rex lid latches, lid gasket, Vortex Drain System, and they’re also bear-proof for maximum security. They’re 100 percent fully equipped to take over any situation, anywhere and anytime.

All in all, anyone can see and admit that YETI did a great job building all of their coolers according to high standards that are universally appreciated. However we still need to see how close YETI and ORCA are to each other when it comes to value, design, quality, and durability.

Orca SP-726 - History

Photo from June 25, 2017 by Robyn Cartwright. Left to right:
J16 Slick (mother), J50 Scarlet (at 2 1/2 years old),
J26 Mike (big brother), and J42 Echo (older sister).

As of February 17, 2021, the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population was comprised of 75 individuals ( 76 including Lolita/Tokitae, the L pod orca on display at the Miami Seaquarium). J pod has 24 members K pod has 17 and L pod has 34 , including (approximately):

Adult females could be defined as 12 years old or older, or born in 2009 or earlier. Female reproductive age ends about age 40.
Adult males (reproductive) could be defined as over 15, or born 2006 or earlier.

And here for The Whale Museum's Adoption names and stories for each whale.

Dates of births marked with an asterisk ( * ) are estimated based on actuarial tables of mortality rates combined with observed association patterns to determine family relationships, from Life history and population dynamics of resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the coastal waters of British Columbia and Washington State, Olesiuk, P.F., M.A. Bigg and G.M. Ellis (Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada V9R 5K6) (1990). In: P.S. Hammond, S.A. Mizroch and G.P. Donovan (eds.): Individual recognition of cetaceans: Use of photo-identification and other techniques to estimate population parameters. Special Report #12, International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, p. 209-243.

  • L125, Gender unknown, born to L86 (Surprise!), her fourth calf, February, 2021
  • J58, (Crescent) Female, born to J41 (Eclipse), her second calf, September, 2020
  • J57, (Phoenix) Male, born to J35 (Tahlequah), her third calf, September, 2020
  • J56 (Tofino) Female, born to J31 (Tsuchi), her first calf, May, 2019

About Orca Whales

Spotting orcas in the distance Mark Gardener

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are a fascinating, social creatures that inhabit all the world’s oceans.

Killer whales are the largest of the dolphin family, reaching a body length of 30 feet, and weighing about 9 tons. Males live to be 50-60 years old, and females as much as 90 years.

Our local, or resident, orca whales are known as the Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW). They are comprised of three pods, or families, named J, K and L pods. At the time of this writing, there are 81 whales in this resident community. The SRKW are considered an endangered species.

Orcas are categorized into three types – resident, transient and offshore. Some exclusively eat fish, while others eat other marine mammals. Our resident orcas eat fish, preferring Chinook salmon above all else.

The SRKW are here in the San Juan Islands traditionally from mid-April to about first part of October. They spend their time along the Pacific coast during the winter – from Southern California to Southeast Alaska – when the salmon in their native Salish Sea are scarce.

To learn more about our Resident whales and the guidelines San Juan Safaris follow when viewing them, continue reading:

Watch the video: Lady with orcas paddle boarding Baja California

J pod

J16 F 1972 *
J19 F 1979
J22 F 1985
J26 M 1991
J27 M 1991
J31 F 1995
J35 F 1998
J36 F 1999
J37 F 2001
J38 M 2003
J39 M 2003
J40 F 2004
J41 F 2005
J42 F 2007
J44 M 2009
J45 M 2009
J46 F 2009
J47 M 2010
J49 M 2012
J51 M 2015
J53 F 2015
J56 F 2019
J57 M 2020
J58 F 2020

K pod

K12 F 1972 *
K14 F 1977
K16 F 1985
K20 F 1986
K21 M 1986
K22 F 1987
K26 M 1993
K27 F 1994
K33 M 2001
K34 M 2001
K35 M 2002
K36 F 2003
K37 M 2004
K38 M 2004
K42 M 2008
K43 F 2010
K44 M 2011

L pod (1)

L22 F 1971 *
L25 F 1928 *
L47 F 1974
L54 F 1977
L55 F 1977
L72 F 1986
L77 F 1987
L82 F 1990
L83 F 1990
L85 M 1991
L86 F 1991
L87 M 1992
L88 M 1993
L89 M 1993
L90 F 1993
L91 F 1995
L94 F 1995

L pod (2)

L103 F 2003
L105 M 2004
L106 M 2005
L108 M 2006
L109 M 2007
L110 M 2007
L113 F 2009
L115 M 2010
L116 M 2010
L117 M 2010
L118 F 2011
L119 F 2012
L121 M 2015
L122 M 2015
L123 M 2015
L124 U 2019
L125 U 2021