Live killer whale captures in the Pacific Northwest during the 1960s and ’70s fueled a worldwide orca craze. Puget Sound was the primary source of supply. But a 1976 hunt for SeaWorld in Budd Inlet was a turning point, leading to the end of an era. Just one killer whale taken from Puget Sound survives today.
Editing: Lauren Frohne
Interviews: Lynda Mapes
Cinematography: Steve Ringman, Ramon Dompor
Photo Research: Colin Diltz
Archival Footage Courtesy of Ted Griffin, Michael Harris and Baby Wild Films
Archival Photos Courtesy of Game Department, Ralph Munro Papers, Washington State Archives
Additional Footage Courtesy of NOAA