SHS free screening asks for donations to free Lolita

The Sandy High School Aquanauts are screening a documentary about mistreatment of orcas in captivity, taking their next step toward saving the whales.

Aquanauts are offering a free showing of the award-winning documentary “Blackfish” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 2,at the Sandy High Auditorium, 37400 Bell St.

“Blackfish,” a 2013 film directed and produced by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, tells the story of Tilikum, a performing orca that killed several people while in captivity and the factors leading up to it.

The film screening is the second step in the oceanic science club’s efforts to save the whales.

The Aquanauts recently teamed up with The Whales of Guerrero Research Project to sponsor a whale. The class looked at photos of whales from a group of humpback whales off the coast of Mexico, choosing one to adopt.

The students even got to name it; they decided on Ferdinand. “(It) was the name everybody settled on without influence from me,” said SHS oceanic science teacher Andy Wex.

If the whale they chose turns out to be a girl, they’ll just call her Ferdie, Wex said. All donations from the night’s event will benefit the Free Lolita fund. Free Lolita is an organization dedicated to freeing an orca that has spent 43 years in captivity.

The event fliers display the tagline “Liberate Lolita, Help Bring a Northwest Girl Home.”

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