Orca is regarded with respect and awe by the Northwest Coastal people. Known as the King of the oceans and the ruler of the underworld, Orca are seen as a symbol of longevity. They are believed to be the reincarnation of deceased chiefs and protectors of sailors during travel. They mate for life and will remain with the same pod throughout their lives. Orca whales have long lives spreading songs, stories, happiness and good luck from sea to sea.