Mournful Movements

One of our first photos of J52, taken on April 7, 2015. He was first seen on March 30th of that year. The first known calf of J36. Wednesday started like many west coast fall/winter days-rainy and-chilly, except it was way to early in the season to feel as miserable as it did. A friend, who is fortunate enough to live on the Swanson Channel side of Pender Island texted, us to say that she’d just seen two “fins” offshore, heading north. Being rather “whale starved”, we quickly dressed and dashed to Thieves Bay. Given the “two fin’” description, we thought the whales may be Transients and, given this, were unsure whether they would continue on their northbound course. We waited a few moments a

The Whale Pages: Change in Habitat Use by Southern Resident Killer Whales

Every year for the past 9 years the Center has written a weekly segment in the local paper, the San Jun Journal, in the month of August. These informational articles are called "The Whale Pages". Below is the second installment of the four part series. 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 and health assessments 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, and extremely valuable. Long t

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