“Critical Distance” video
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will host a new, free experience emphasizing the intrinsic connection between people, orcas and the ocean. “Critical Distance” immerses visitors in a holographic orca pod and allows them to witness this endangered species’ daily obstacles. It highlights a pod of 24 endangered southern resident orcas struggling to survive in the Pacific Ocean’s Salish Sea. Visitors will see firsthand how the orcas, including 6-year-old Kiki, must overcome marine noise pollution and vessel disturbances to effectively hunt for food—and, ultimately, survive. The experience opens Sept. 29.