Killer Whale Tees for LTC

The Dorsal Spin


First Nations environmental educators and marine mammal stranding responders Odin Lonning and Orca Annie created a new t-shirt for the 2018 Low Tide Celebration (LTC). Yes, the LTC was on July 14, but the shirt order was, regrettably, not ready in time to publicize it in the July 5 edition of The Loop. These popular tees are timeless; they embody an elegant visual statement about a praiseworthy Vashon-Maury event devoted to our fragile marine environment.

Odin, an award-winning Tlingit artist, applied his Coastal Native design wizardry to iconic imagery that includes a killer whale (with a saddle patch!), a harbor seal, an octopus, forage fish, salmon, and the Point Robinson lighthouse. Have you ever witnessed the spectacle of a seal munching on an octopus?

The unifying theme is the Salish Sea nearshore ecosystem as one might experience it at Point Robinson. The 2018 design also raises awareness about the plight of our 75 critically endangered Southern Resident orcas. These limited-edition shirts are available in Purple or Galapagos, a dark teal. This week’s photo shows the purple model.
A small number of Odin’s legacy Low Tide tees are still available, mostly in Jade Dome (light teal), but a few in Sapphire Blue (aqua) or Royal Blue. Shirt proceeds benefit several non-profit sponsors of the LTC.

With a plethora of conflicting summer events, many folks cannot attend the LTC. Most sales for Odin’s previous Low Tide shirts occurred outside of the LTC. For now, to acquire Odin’s epic killer whale t-shirt, call him at 206-463-9041 or email Weather permitting (not 90 degrees!), you might catch Odin demonstrating and selling his art at The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie/Minglement. We are currently exploring additional venues for marketing the killer whale shirts – maybe Strawberry Festival?

Please support the work of the Vashon Hydrophone Project (VHP): REPORT LOCAL WHALE SIGHTINGS & STRANDINGS ASAP TO 206-463-9041. Seal pup season is here. When reporting a sighting or stranding, be specific: date, time, location, travel direction, species description, number of whales/seals/etc., and behavior observed. We prefer phone reports, but if email is the only way to coax you to report to us, send sightings and photos to Your photos of marine mammals are valuable for ID purposes. Do not assume we will randomly find stuff posted online. We are grateful to everyone who reports directly to us.

Earlier this summer, while we were on San Juan Island, panic arose regarding abandoned river otter pups – now thriving in off-Island rehab. Wow, do we ever miss Wolftown. Strange as it may seem, WDFW handles river otters, not NOAA. Sea otters – quite rare in Vashon waters — are under the purview of NOAA stranding response. We highly recommend that you read about coexisting with river otters at