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Olympic Coast sanctuary hosting special events Saturday at Kalaloch

To encourage people to “Get Into Your Sanctuary,” Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will have programs Saturday at Kalaloch.

“Get Into Your Sanctuary” is a series of national events to celebrate America’s ocean places by encouraging visitors to experience a national marine sanctuary and share their experiences via #VisitSanctuaries.

At 9:30 a.m., a yoga session will be at Kalaloch Beach. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a beach ecology walk and cleanup with staff from the Olympic Coast sanctuary and SurfRiders Foundation. At 3 p.m., there will be a presentation on the southern resident killer whales by NOAA Fisheries marine mammal expert Lynne Barre.

The Olympic Coast sanctuary is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Designated in 1994, it was the first national marine sanctuary in the Northwest. It covers almost 3,200 square miles off the Washington coast from Cape Flattery to the Copalis River. The sanctuary helps protect natural and cultural resources that include 29 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises; large populations of nesting seabirds; shipwrecks; and wilderness coastline.

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