July 1, 2019

Saracens Adopt 2 Orcas

The orca is front and central to the identity and brand of our club. We are proud to support orca conservation and have adopted two orcas through the museum, the Men & Women squads chose their own whales.

MEN: Se-Yi'-Chn (pronounced "sea-ee-chin") is a Coast Salish/Samish word meaning "younger sibling" or the younger one in the family. His living siblings are Hy'Shqa (J-37) and Suttles (J-40).Se-Yi'-Chn was named in a traditional potlatch naming ceremony held by theSamish Nation on October 17, 2009.

WOMEN: Onyx's family consists of his sister, Spirit (L-22), her adult offspring, Solstice (L-89), and a cousin named Mystery (L-85). Onyx traveled with K Pod for a few years and now travels with J Pod.


The Whale Museum: promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education & research.


In the Pacific Northwest of theUnited States lives the Southern Resident Community of Orcas, an endangered population of orcas, sometimes known as "killer whales". The Whale Museum, located in beautiful Friday Harbor, Washington, opened to the public in 1979 as the first museum in the country devoted to a species living in the wild. Today, the museum continues to promote stewardship of whales and theSalish Sea ecosystem through education and research.


You can help support the Southern Resident orcas by making a donation, adopting an orca, or becoming a member of The Whale Museum. Or, simply pay us a visit! Their Gallery of Whales is a great way for individuals, students and families to receive a personal introduction to the whales of the Pacific Northwest.


Where Does The Money Go?

Proceeds from the Orca Adoptions directly benefit their education programs and research efforts.


Their biggest effort is the ExhibitHall which is open to the public nearly year-round. Through two floors of exhibits, visitors learn more about the Southern Resident Community of orcas, other marine mammals and the Salish Sea ecosystem. They hope that by learning about this richly diverse yet fragile ecosystem, visitors will be inspired to become better stewards.

Executive Director of The Whale Museum, Jenny Atkinson (L) at Seattles Saracens Orca Cup 7s Tournament

About the Seattle Rugby Club

Established in 1966, Seattle Rugby Club (formerly known as Seattle OPSB and Seattle Saracens) is an adult rugby union club focused on the fifteens code of the global game. Seattle Rugby proudly promotes the sport of rugby in North America both on and off the pitch through community-focused efforts as well as performing on game day. The club provides opportunities for men, women, and young people to engage with rugby at all levels.