July 17, 2019

The only real solution for reversal of the downhill trend in Chinook salmon size and abundance, and for the southern resident killer whale population,  is to recover the natural wild runs of Chinook and their supporting ecosystems as soon as possible.

Hatchery fish will not do the job of nature — the...

July 10, 2019

If the presence (or absence) of the Southern Resident killer whales in what is supposed to be their “core summer habitat” is a measure of how well that habitat (officially designated as Critical Habitat) provides the benefits and protections the whales need, the whales are not giving the area a pas...

July 2, 2018

In this 4:30 minute interview with Ken Balcomb in July 2017, he talks about the lack of Chinook salmon and the stress it is placing on the endangered Southern Resident Orca population.

Here are some highlights from that interview:

“By 1985 there were no Chinook left in Puget Sound … And now we are pre...

March 24, 2018

Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research founder and senior scientist, responding to the misconception that the Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) are “resident” to the Salish Sea area, where they are seen most frequently by humans. 

Home on the Range

Where the Southern Resident killer whales roam a...

February 28, 2018

When a killer whale calf is born, it's dorsal fin is bent over. When we first saw J49, in August 2012, it's fin was bent. We wondered how long it would take for it to straighten. We found the answer to that question very quickly. 

In this three minute video, Dave Ellifrit takes us through the fi...

January 30, 2018

The second in a series of video excerpts from our Celebrating Science workshop held on July 21, 2017, on San Juan Island. Dr. Astrid van Ginneken - Finding Acceptance

January 29, 2018

The first in a series of video excerpts from our Celebrating Science workshop held on July 21, 2017, on San Juan Island. Dr. Astrid van Ginneken - How do Orcas cope with loss?

T36 and T137A - Photo by Dave Ellifrit/CWR

The Center for Whale Research (whaleresearch.com) has been monitoring Southern Resident and Bigg’s/Transient killer whale presence in the central Salish Sea and Puget Sound for more than 40 years.

2017 was a year of contrast in killer whale sightings. The Sou...

January 6, 2018

The story below was written by the Center for Whale Research’s founder and senior scientist Ken Balcomb, who has been studying the Southern Resident killer whales of the Pacific Northwest for more than forty years.

My Visit to the Snake was authored in 2015, but is as relevant today as it was then. T...

 J39 Chasing a Salmon during an encounter in March, 2017-Photo by Dave Ellifrit

The federal government has stated, “Perhaps the greatest change in food availability for resident killer whales since the late 1800s has been the decline of salmon in the Columbia River basin.”

The Southern Residents curre...

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