Woke up this morning to messages - both via email and telephone - requests to screen "Fragile Waters," media requests for interviews.
With the profound loss of J32, Rhapsody, a spark of concern and interest has been lit.
We want to make this clear. We want the public, our followers, our supporters and those just now learning about Southern Resident orcas to understand something very fundamental to our film - to their story.
Four SRKWs (Southern Resident orcas) were lost this year.
This year started with the Southern Resident population being listed at 80 (a number derived from counts and identifications done by Center for Whale Research through the end of 2013). As it would transpire, L Pod would lose 2 adult orcas before the summer, and a newly born calf by fall.
With the loss of J32, it is tantamount to a loss of more than 6-percent of the TOTAL population of SRKWs...in a single year. Today, their population is likely around 77, the lowest number the Southern Residents have seen in 30 years.
Our film started as a "call to action." And we've been thrilled to see the support and response we have for making it. The larger - more important - part of our film is taking ACTION.
It needs to happen now. Not next month, not next year. The situation is dire and, in our hands, we hold the key to saving them...or failing them.
For those who wish to help, please start by looking here: http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php?categories_file=Actions
Other Great resources:
And, yes, keep spreading the word about "Fragile Waters." It's a noncommercial film, produced by a nonprofit, created by two filmmakers who have been non-paid volunteers for the past 16-months. All we want is the story to get out. To inspire ACTION. To save the SRKWs.
Film director Rick Wood and co-director Shari Macy have worked on several multimedia, television and film projects.