354 Orcas at Deception Pass
Orcas at Deception Pass. I never saw the whales in Deception Pass, although a woman whose name I forget told me they often used to come in the old days to rub barnacles off in Penn Cove. Deception Pass is a spectacular area at the north end of Whidbey, which is in the left of the painting, and the south of Fidalgo Island on the right.
Whidbey Island is on the left, Fidalgo on the right. I’m often asked if Orcas ever are in Deception Pass anymore. I don’t know and sort of doubt it. But here comes a sad “back-in-the-day” story from the curmudgeon I am. A longtime Whidbey resident told me they were there ’95. She said that was the first time they’b been back since the tragedies of 70-71, when many were captured and many were killed in a tragic drama that gripped Western Washington and grabbed headlines almost every day for a season. Prior to that, I was told, the Orcas used to regularly visit Penn Cove where they scraped barnacles and played. So consider Orcas at Deception Pass a deeply optimistic piece of art, depicting a return to the status quo ante for Orcas.