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...

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...

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...

July 22, 2016

 A photo of CWR Staff with a group of L's in 2010.

We have started off the summer field season going full speed at the Center.  For the last two months, we have been especially busy! 
Between kicking off our first ever naturalist class, all the events of Orca month, Superpod, film crews and our...

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