The ocean, where life on Earth began, and where 70% of OUR oxygen comes from, is in danger and the species that inhabit it exploited… In particular the southern resident orcas of the Salish Sea. These mesmerising beings are genetically distinct from other populations of orcas in the world. They are, and always have been a figurehead for the Pacific Northwest, both for visitors and for residents. In 2005 with a population of 88 they were federally listed on the Endangered Species List yet have continued to decrease in numbers since then. Today, after the most recent loss of two year old J52 “Sonic”, the population hovers fragilely at 76 whales. The big concern is that WE are having an impact on their environment at such a level that we have almost completely depleted them of their primary food source, chinook salmon. Keeping this family of resident orcas in the public’s mind and eye is crucial for their future survival. So... that's what executive producers Alexandra Johnston and Maisie Williams are going to do.
There are three main issues concerning wild chinook salmon that are dooming the orca to starvation; overfishing, salmon farming and dams on their spawning rivers.
Together, activist Alexandra Johnston and friend, well known Game of Thrones actress, Maisie Williams, alongside a small team, will be getting up close and personal with the whales, the challenges they are facing and the humans dedicating their lives to saving them. Time spent with a variety of characters including; 10 year old activist and future Marine Biologist London Fletcher who is on a mission campaigning for the welfare of these whales, orca researchers based on the island, salmon farmers, an ex army corp arguing in favour of the removal of the four ‘Lower Snake River’ dams, Native American Chief George Quocksister JNR who has taken up residence at the Swanson Island Salmon farm until the farm is out of their home waters and politicians with the power to make the changes needed, will build a picture of why when many of the solutions are clear, effective action is not yet being taken to restore the wild chinook salmon and ensure the southern resident whales’ survival. But most importantly, at the heart of this home movie style documentary is the story of a family striving to survive and the longstanding bonds between this apex predator of the ocean and the humans determining their fate.
Risks and challenges
Financially we have set the budget at the minimum target required to make this documentary.
We will be filming wild animals and therefore cannot determine when and where they will show up. It is imperative to reach our target to ensure we have all the equipment required and could travel if necessary to get the crucial footage of the whales.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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