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NEW Blog post - Legendary Superpod

"I will never forget the experience of being on the water with Ken, the greeting we received upon arrival, and the escorted travel home. It felt totally surreal, yet it was so real! There is no doubt in my mind that these whales recognize, respect, and enjoy Ken's company on the water. He has dedicated his life to them as an advocate — a voice for the whales — documenting their existence, their births, and their deaths for over 44 years."

Read the BLOG and watch the amazing accompanying video

Another NEW calf in J Pod

Date: September 25, 2020
Media Release: For immediate release
Subject: Another New Calf in J Pod!

 

 

The Center for Whale Research confirms that another calf has been born into the Southern Resident killer whale community, and the mother is J41. CWR will eagerly await the whales' return to evaluate the calf's condition and hopefully determine its sex. J41's new calf is the second birth in J pod in September 2020.

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J Pod's newest calf, born September 24, 2020 surfaces next to mother J41.

Photo credit: Talia Goodyear/Orca Spirit Adventures/Pacific Whale Watch Association

On the water

ENCOUNTERS

An Encounter refers to any time we observe killer whales (orcas), from one of our research boats or land, where at least one individual is identified and photographed. Typically, 2-4 staff are involved in an encounter. Once we come into contact with whales (i.e., within a distance of identifying individuals by sight), we have begun our encounter. During an encounter, our primary goal is to photograph every individual present from both the left and right sides.   

44 years of RESEARCH

Every year for over four decades, we have collected detailed demographic data on the Southern Resident killer whale population, recording all observed births and deaths. We have also gathered detailed information on the behavior and ecology of these animals, including information on where the animals are in geographic location and time, and their social behavior and foraging patterns. This dataset has provided ground-breaking insight into killer whale biology and ecology that we hope will help to inform management decisions to conserve this vulnerable and now endangered population.

Take ACTION

There is no more important issue facing the future survival of J, K, and L pods than ensuring that they have enough salmon to survive and reproduce. Restoration of the Snake River system to normative flow is essential for this to happen on a scale that is meaningful for the salmon and the whales,

and for the fishermen.
- Ken Balcomb, CWR Founder and Senior Scientist

Orca Survey

OUTREACH & EDUCATION CENTER

The ORCA SURVEY Outreach & Education Center is cautiously open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as of August 28 until further notice concerning Governor Inslee’s COVID 19 restrictions.

185 S. First St., Friday Harbor, San Juan Island WA 

Become immersed in the world of whales through our interactive displays. Watch amazing videos and listen to the whales vocalize underwater. See big screen video footage of the whales in the wild as experienced from our research boats. Come meet the naturalists and researchers, they'll share their knowledge of the magnificent whales of the Salish Sea.

Together we CAN help
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The Center for Whale Research has been studying these amazing whales since 1976, but our work is far from over. We need your help to continue our studies and to speak out on the Southern Resident orcas behalf.

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