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The important role public sightings play in conservation.

When it comes to Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW), no single organization has more data than the Center for Whale Research (CWR). For more than 40 years, we have maintained sighting records in the form of photographs and reports, not only from our own encounters but from the public and other researchers as well. This type of long term consistent data on wild animals is extremely rare in the world of science, and extremely valuable. Long term studies, like ours, are able to track changes in ways that short term studies cannot. For example, the shift in the amount of time the SRKWs are spending in the core summer habitat area of the Salish Sea, would be merely anecdotal if not for the

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