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Eva Saulitis has come to know a group of seven surviving orcas as distinct individuals, each with his or her own nickname: Chenega, Iktua, Egagutak, Mike, Marie, Ewan, and Paddy.
Back in 1979, a group of 22 orcas -- killer whales -- swam free in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Then came the Exxon Valdez disaster, and now only seven remain. One day soon even these survivors will be gone. Eva Saulitis has devoted her life to the AT1s, as they are known, contemplating the mystery of their mortality -- and her own.

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