Did you know orca poop floats? Researchers have studied orca poop to determine stress levels and concentrations of toxic substances in orca populations. The main stressors for orcas are boat traffic and a lack of food. Like humans, orcas depend on social connections, clean water, and nutritious food to thrive. Our Southern Resident orcas follow salmon migrations. They eat up to 100-300 pounds of food a day with Chinook salmon making up 80% of their diet. It’s no wonder that orcas are the top predators in the sea as well as the largest member of the dolphin family! Follow the WET Science Center on Facebook or Instagram Monday through Saturday for daily orca activities. Share with us a photo of your orca activity for a chance to win an orca puzzle!
- Monday – See how the special marking on orcas make them unique.
- Tuesday – Experiment to find out how orcas keep warm in the cold water.
- Wednesday – Tell a story about orcas.
- Thursday – Practice using echolocation.
- Friday – Make a wave in a bottle.
- Saturday – Show off your orca knowledge.
Find water activities in the community!
We have community WET Science Center resource spots popping up all over town. Grab yourself a Liquid Awesome activity book and an At-Home bingo game. If you live in Lacey, Olympia, or Tumwater and are interested in starting your own community line, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know if there is a way the WET Science Center can better support you and our community! Keep up the great home learning!