Christopher, I KNOW! It gives me such chills even to think that the Southern Residents somehow knew that ancient native artifacts should require an orca escort across the Sound to Bainbridge. Nature is insanely amazing, sometimes.
In fact, that happened while I was working on Bainbridge at the time, and had a twice daily ferry commute. I was super pissed that it happened in the middle of the day, instead of my usual commuting hours when I would regularly be scanning the water for excitement of the orca kind. Oh well. I did see the L pod off the coast of San Juan island once and that was a highlight of life.
Otherwise, I really appreciated your Free Lolita artical. I grew up in South Florida and had seen her a few times as a kid. We would joke about how awful the Sea Aquarium is - and called it Miami Sea Prison. There's actually a website: miamiseaprison.com
that documents the horrors. You might know about it. Anyway, I always knew Lolita's plight was sad but didn't know the whole back story as illuminated in your article. And now it's tragic. It's criminal what happened to her and I can't imagine what happiness it would bring for her to be reunited with her family. We gotta make that happen!
Let's fight the good fight, bring her home!