Orcas Circle Ferry While Transporting Tribal Artifacts

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A pod of Orcas swam circles around a Washington state ferry while it transported a number of tribal artifacts to a new museum, leaving many people wondering whether it was simply coincidence or something more.

Killer Whales have been putting on an incredible show this week at Puget Sound, but took it to another level on October 31st when almost 3 dozen Orcas surrounded and circled the ferry as it approached the terminal on Bainbridge Island, delivering its payload. The payload, a bunch of ancient artifacts being transported by officials from The Burke Museum in Seattle to the Suquamish Museum.

Kitsap County, the winter village for the Suquamish Tribe and home of Chief Sealth, was where the artifacts were dug up from almost 60 years ago.

The Suquamish Tribal Chairman, Leonard Forsman, was also onboard the ferry at the time.

“They were pretty happily splashing around, flipping their tails in the water,” he said. “We believe they were welcoming the artifacts home as they made their way back from Seattle, back to the reservation.”

Check out the full article here on Seattle Times.