J28 was nutritionally deficient during a very important late phase of her pregnancy and she drew upon her body fat stores (blubber) for energy. Unfortunately those fat stores were toxic to her and her fetus (later newborn) and resulted in immune system failure and reproductive problems.



Our NOAA research contract covers 42 Encounters/year.

With your generous support, we can expand our scientific research and health monitoring of the whales, from our current five months per year to twelve months. Additionally, we can increase education efforts focused on protecting the whales' primary food source – wild salmon. For every dollar you donate, 97% goes directly to research and program ac­tivities that benefit the whales.

Here is what we get:

$25,200* ($600 x 42 Encounters)


Here is what we spent:

$76,200 ($600 x127 Encounters)


This was the shortfall:

- $51,000


Thank you!


Help us monitor the health of the whales. Sponsor a Whale Encounter
(Health Assessment)



One Whale Health Assessment -or- Encounter

  • One Encounter = $600

  • 1/2 Encounter = $300

  • 1/4 Encounter = $150


To continue to monitor the health of this fragile population we need to be on the water year-round.


$50,000.00. We need your support to achieve this goal.

Our goal is to raise money to cover our Encounter/Health Assessment Study for 2017. Based on the number of encounters we have been on this year that cost will be approximately $50,000.


what you CAN - THANK YOU!

For 42 years we have focused our research

For over four decades, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has conducted an annual photo-identification study of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population. These studies have provided unprecedented baseline information on population dynamics and demography, social structure, and individual life histories.

In 2016, we were out on 127 Encounters.
What does this mean?

We need to keep a close eye on the whales. The more often we are on the water the more often we spot change. Births, deaths and in the case of J28, health decline. We saw her start to decline in health shortly after she gave birth to J54.


update - Apr 23/17

Goal = $50,000

Donations = $20,375

Thank you to our
generous donators!



To continue to monitor the health of this fragile population we need to be on the water year-round. The cost for us to go out on an Encounter is ever increasing. Not only are the whales travel patterns changing (they are traveling in smaller groups and more spread out) but the cost of gas, insurance and moorage is also increasing.

We now have to look beyond our current government contract to continue this important study. Please help us achieve our goal to continue our research for another four decades.

Our NOAA research contract covers 42 Encounters per year.

They pay us $600/Encounter = $25,200* ($600 x 42).

In 2016 we were out on 127 Encounters = $76,200 ($600 x 124).

This put us at a budget shortfall of $51,000.

Given this, our goal is to raise $50,000 (125 Encounters)

to cover this important part of our research goals.

* Our entire NOAA contract is greater than $25,200 annually. This represents the portion allocated for on the water Encounters. This Health Assessment fundraising effort will be matched by generous contributions by foundation support.

The Center for Whale Research is a 501C3 non profit organization registered in Washington State.

Thank you for your gift to CWR