Encounter 4: The Release of T13 &T14, April 26, 1976

The infamous Budd Inlet capture occurred in February of 1976. Sea World collector Don Goldsberry captured six orcas in Budd Inlet, Puget Sound hoping to supply whales to marine parks. It was an ill timed venture to say the least, with the whales captured in nets only a few miles from Evergreen State Collage where a whale conference was taking place. Cessation of live captures in WA State was a central theme for the conference. Due to the public outcry and media response all the whales were eventually released, and and a Seattle district court ordered Sea World to give up its permit-granted right to collect killer whales in Washington. Since then, Washington state waters became an unoffici

Our very first Encounter- April 8, 1976

Below are scans from the original log book and film rolls from our first ever encounter 40 years ago today. Encounter 1, K's and L's off Dungeness Spit - April 8, 1976 L8 K5 L11 L16 and L13 L25 and L27 #40thAnversary #killerwhales #40thAnniversary #KenBalcomb #History #Washingtonstate #orcas #OrcaSurvey #Conservation #wildlife #pugetsound #encounter

Celebrating 40 Years Of Research

It was 40 years ago today, April 1, that the Orca Survey Project began. For those of you that don't know the history, Center for Whale Research Director, Ken Balcomb was contracted by the US National Marine Fisheries Service in 1976 to complete a census of the wild killer whales of Washington State and southern British Columbia. Together with a few friends he established a non-profit organization called: “ Moclips Cetological Society", named after a small town on the coast of Washington where he lived when ashore. The plan was to spend six months aboard a research vessel conducting survey transits of the Greater Puget Sound Region (now called the Salish Sea) and taking photographs of whale

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