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 30, 2018

The second in a series of video excerpts from our Celebrating Science workshop held on July 21, 2017, on San Juan Island. Dr. Astrid van Ginneken - Finding Acceptance

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?

T36 and T137A - Photo by Dave Ellifrit/CWR

The Center for Whale Research (whaleresearch.com) has been monitoring Southern Resident and Bigg’s/Transient killer whale presence in the central Salish Sea and Puget Sound for more than 40 years.

2017 was a year of contrast in killer whale sightings. The Sou...

 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...

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...

April 26, 2016

The infamous Budd Inlet capture occurred in February of 1976.  Sea World collector Don Goldsberry captured six orcas in Budd Inlet, Puget Sound hoping to supply whales to marine parks.  It was an ill timed venture to say the least, with the whales captured in nets only a few miles from Evergreen Sta...

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