September 26, 2017

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 fortun...

September 1, 2017

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 kil...

August 1, 2017

J17 with her youngest daughter J53

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 first installment of the four part series.

Resident k...

Although there are an ever-increasing number of organizations advocating for the endangered Southern Resident killer whales these days, the number of groups conducting field research remains very small.  Last month we talked about the reasons why we do not often have interns or volunteers at CWR and...

May 31, 2017

Summer is here! We are gearing up to get back into the field full time. Although we have had encounters all winter long, summer is the busiest time of year for the Orca Survey project.  This is also the time of year when students all over the world are looking for internships and opportunities for t...

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 r...

January 6, 2017

It is unfortunate that our first announcement of 2017 has to be about the death of J2, known to most as Granny, the oldest southern resident.  At an estimated 105 years of age, we knew that the day was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept.  Especially since all we seem to do lately is...

September 2, 2016

J28 with calf J54, December 2015. Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research.

I first met J28 in 2003, but I didn’t know her name until 2004. She was the first whale of the Southern Resident community that I could ID on sight. Granted, she was easy to spot because of the rather glaring notch o...

August 24, 2016

J14 with her oldest daughter J37, 2015.  Photo by Deborah Giles. 

Someone asked me once if I take it personally when a whale dies. Do I get sad?  Is it like losing a pet or a friend, they asked.  The answer to that is: it depends on the whale. We don’t like to pick favorites. It doesn’t seem ver...

August 1, 2016

In late summer of 2015, a fin whale arrived in the inland waters near San Juan Island. At first, naturalists were confused by what looked like a minke whale on steroids.  The mystery whale was soon confirmed to be a fin whale, which are very rare to the area.  Fin whales, the second largest whale on...

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