We Are The Salish Sea

We are the Salish Sea

We are orca, bear, sea otter and wolf.

We are dogfish, oyster, eelgrass and eagle.

We are 253 species of fish, from herring to rockfish.

We are the largest octopus in the world.

We are pinniped and we are cetacean. We are sqiµu˚w and we are œullhánumucun.

We are salmon, the lifeblood of the rivers, swimming—always swimming—the shimmering bounty and beauty that graciously and endlessly gives.

We are deep fjords, vast deltas and glacial sediment that carries the history of the earth in its rich, fertile soil.

We are the Salish Sea, carved from the land 14,000 years ago by the retreating glaciers of the Vashon period. We are the second largest estuary in the world.

We are people too, eight million strong. Some of us were born from this sea. Others were pulled to this magnetic shore by the promise of a wild, quiet life.

We live in the shade of towering cedar, fir and hemlock trees. Even in our towering cities of steel and glass, the trees stand close by, built from near-constant rain, the and the bones of the salmon left at their roots.

We live in fog as thick as moss, moss as deep as snow, and snow as deep as the First Nations history that surrounds us around every rocky corner. We go by many names— British Columbian, K’omoks, Cascadian, Skagit, Tsawwassen, American—but we share these waters, from the Strait of Georgia’s orca rich northern reaches, to Puget Sound’s oyster reefs, to the oxygenated waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

We are ancient. We are the future.

Together we share this home built from salt water and stony shores. We show it to the world with pride. We boast of its beauty and we profit from its pristine flora and fauna, so we must protect it. From the smallest seahorse to the leviathan Gray whale, we are the Salish Sea. 

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