February 28, 2018

When a killer whale calf is born, it's dorsal fin is bent over. When we first saw J49, in August 2012, it's fin was bent. We wondered how long it would take for it to straighten. We found the answer to that question very quickly. 

In this three minute video, Dave Ellifrit takes us through the fi...

January 29, 2018

The first in a series of video excerpts from our Celebrating Science workshop held on July 21, 2017, on San Juan Island. Dr. Astrid van Ginneken - How do Orcas cope with loss?

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...

 J39 Chasing a Salmon during an encounter in March, 2017-Photo by Dave Ellifrit

The federal government has stated, “Perhaps the greatest change in food availability for resident killer whales since the late 1800s has been the decline of salmon in the Columbia River basin.”

The Southern Residents curre...

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...

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...

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