The official dates for Superpod 5 are July 18th - July 22th and events will be organized for these dates. In past years some people choose to arrive a few days early, or leave a few days after.

Although there will be events each day, Superpod gatherings allow a lot of free time for people to connect, explore San Juan Island, go kayaking, and see whales from shore and on whale watching tours. If you plan to attend Superpod it is recommended to book any kayaking or whale watch tours in advance.

Please note that events, presentations and film screenings are subject to change during Superpod. Events may be added or times may change slightly.

Monday July 18th
2 PM - 4 PM: Meet & Greet at Fridays Crabhouse
This is a casual get together to greet old friends and make some new ones. Everyone tends to gather on the top deck for a drink or bite to eat.

6:30 PM: San Juan Community Theater
Welcome to Superpod 5 “The Future”

History of Superpod and the Blackfish Effect
Ex-SeaWorld Trainer/Blackfish Cast Member Dr. Jeffrey Ventre

7:00 PM: Screening of documentary film Voiceless
Q&A with Voiceless Director and Blue Freedom Founder Katie Emmons

Tuesday July 19th
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: San Juan Community Theater

9:00 – 9:30 AM – Is the Blackfish Effect a Gateway to a Thriving Future? A talk & reading from The Blackfish Prophecy
Rachel Clark, Science & Environment Author

9:30 – 9:50 AM - Corky's Freedom Banner: the Power of Children's Love for a Captive Orca
Christine Caruso, Seattle Kindergarten Teacher

Scholar Advocacy Day Intro – Dr. Lori Marino
10:00 AM - How I Followed My Dreams to Superpod Using Social Media
Mariah Kirby, Biology Student, University of Missouri-St. Louis

10:30 AM - To the Sea - a film about (re)connection
Ella Van Cleeve, aspiring documentary film maker/advocate

11:00 AM - Cetacean Awareness: Using Social Media to Create a Vibrant Community
Michelle Strom, Student/Founder Cetacean Awareness

11:30 AM - Every Drop

Noon – 1:15 pm Break/Lunch (on own, outside theater)

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Scholar Advocacy Roundtable including Dr. Naomi Rose, Dr. Lori Marino, Dr. Ingrid Visser, Dr. Jeffrey Ventre, Ella Van Cleeve and Blue Freedom: Katie Emmons, Abbie Emmons, Ashlyn Dilldine, Susan French

2:30 PM - The Whale Sanctuary Project – the Future for Captive Cetaceans
Dr. Lori Marino, neuroscientist
Founder and Executive Director the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

3:00 PM - “I Am Not an Animal!”
Michael Mountain, founding member of The Whale Sanctuary Project Former President of Best Friends Animal Society
Founder Earth

3:30 PM - Center for Conservation Biology’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Scat Study
Dr. Deborah Giles, Research Director, Center for Whale Research
Elizabeth Seely, Soundwatch Boater Education Program Coordinator, The Whale Museum; Scat Detections Dog Handler, Center for Conservation Biology

Wednesday July 20th
Whale Watch Wednesday
Spend the morning exploring beautiful San Juan Island. Many Superpod participants are whale watching from shore, kayaks or boats–but the island also has wonderful hiking, biking, shopping and beachcombing. Don’t forget to check out the Whale Museum.

1:30 - 4:00 PM: San Juan Community Theater

1:45 PM - Empty the Tanks: A Campaign to End Captivity
Rachel Carbary, Founder of Empty the Tanks

2:15 PM - Closing the Wild Capture Loophole: Working to Ban the Importation of Wild Cetaceans into Canada
Katherine Sussman, Ph.D

2:45 PM - Latest Campaign Update from the Dolphin Project
Lincoln O’Barry, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

3:15 PM - Alphabet Soup: Legislation, Regulation, and Agencies, oh my!
Dr. Naomi Rose, Animal Welfare Institute, Marine Mammal Protection Advocate and Orca Biologist

6:30 PM: The Whale Museum
David Neiwert, Of Orcas and Men Presentation and book signing

Thursday July 21st
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: San Juan Community Theater

9:00 AM - Film, Presentation & Q&A: I am Morgan, Stolen Freedom
Loro Parque Update
Dr. Ingrid Visser
Co-founder Free Morgan Foundation
Founder and Principal Researcher Orca Research Trust

10:00 AM - The Ecosystem Approach: The Future of Endangered Species Recovery
Colleen Weiler, WDC, Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation

10:30 AM - Salmon, Orca, Taxes, Dams and YOU!
JIm Waddell, PE
Civil Engineer, USACE Retired

11:00 AM - Short Break

11:15 AM - Dolphin and Whale Brains – More Evidence for Complexity
Dr. Lori Marino, neuroscientist/Founder and Executive Director the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

11:45 AM - Navy Sonar & Marine Mammals: Potential Measures to Mitigate Harmful Effects
Meegan Corcoran, ex-Navy Biologist, University of Washington

12:15 – 1:15pm Break/Lunch (on own, outside theater)

1:30 TBA

2:00 PM - Center for Whale Research 40 years and Counting Shifting Baselines in the Salish Sea
Ken Balcomb, Founder/Executive Director, Center for Whale Research
Dr. Deborah Giles, Research Director, Center for Whale Research

2:30 PM - New Zealand Orca
Dr. Ingrid Visser
Co-founder Free Morgan Foundation
Founder and Principal Researcher Orca Research Trust

3:00 PM - A Captive Orca and Her Natural History
Howard Garrett, Co-Founder Orca Network

Evening: Sunset at Lime Kiln State Park

Friday July 22nd