Research and Information Links

The Center for Whale Research
The essential long-term, non-intrusive demographic, acoustic and behavioral studies of free-ranging orcas focusing on the Southern Resident community since 1976. The Center's work provides information about every individual, their associations and family relationships, their travels and population trends from year to year.

Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School
You can not only study endangered killer whales with advanced acoustic tools, but do so on a biodiesel-electric hybrid sailboat that demonstrates how to reduce underwater noise pollution.

National Marine Mammal Laboratory Library list of publications
This lists papers on line published by NMML. Just remove the word "publish.html" from the URL and you'll find a variety of other resources available from the NMML library.

Whale Net
WhaleNet's interactive educational web site focuses on whales and marine mammal research. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts with support from the National Science Foundation.

Society for Marine Mammalogy
The scientific community that studies and publishes reports about marine mammals.

Orca Lab
A small land-based whale research station nestled against the evergreen forest of Hanson Island in the waters of the "Inside Passage" of northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, whose work is centered around the philosophy that it is possible to study wild animals without interfering with their lives or habitat.

The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum attempts to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of orcas, other marine mammals, and their marine environment. Located in Friday Harbor, WA, the museum has a video theater and educational resource center, extensive exhibits devoted to whales, their environment and behavior. The website describes the main problems impacting Southern resident orcas, and ways to help, including reducing pollution, restoring salmon runs, and guidelines for vessel operators.

Cascadia Research
A non-profit scientific and education organization based in Olympia, Washington, founded in 1979 to conduct research to manage and protect marine mammals. Focus is on gray whales, humpbacks and blue whales, with interest in all marine mammals.

Atlantic Whales
An on-line catalogue of whale sightings in the northwest Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the planet's most important bread baskets.

Ojai Valley Whale Society
California's first fossilized 25,000,000 year-old toothed baleen whales were discovered at Lake Casitas on January 19, 2000 by Ojai resident Aaron Plunkett. Dr. Lawrence Barnes, chief paleontologist of the marine mammal lab at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, confirmed authenticity of the specimens brought to him by Mr. Plunkett.

Dolphin/Orca Stock Photography
An extensive photo gallery including hundreds of pictures of orcas, all of which are searchable by keyword. Users are able to look at professionally produced orca photography free of charge.

National Geographic - Killer Whale (Orca)
A bref article about orcas and a list of "Fast Facts."

NOAA Fisheries - Office of Protected Resources: Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca)
About the status of killer whales focused on Southern Resident orcas listed as endangered under the ESA and the recent petition to delist them. Includes a description of the species, its taxonomy, designated critical habitat, population trends, and threats. Conservation efforts are also reviewed with a bulleted list of measures included in the recovery plan and a bibliography.

Seattle Aquarium - Orca Whale Background Information (PDF)
Background information, facts, descriptions, behaviors and sounds orcas make, geared for teachers and students.

Kids' Planet - Killer Whale Orcinus Orca
Defenders of Wildlife presents facts about orcas, their size, behaviors, lifespan, ranges, habitats, and offspring.

PBS - Ocean Adventures: Call of the Killer Whale
Jean-Michel Cousteau and Ingrid Visser investigate orcas in the US, New Zealand and worldwide, exploring their diverse cultures, and how humans have degraded their habitats.

BBC Nature: Killer Whales Live on After Menopause to Protect Sons
BBC Nature explains how mother orcas live far beyond their reproductive years to help their sons survive and reproduce.

Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Orca
Covers numerous facts about orcas, from geographic range to predation and ecosystem interactions, with a good bibliography.

The Whale Museum: Issues Affecting the Southern Resident Orcas
Issues that affect orcas, such as declines in fish populations, exposure to toxic substances, noise and exhaust fumes.

Wild Whales - Killer Whales
Good descriptions of Northern and Southern Resident orcas, Transients and Offshores, with orca calls of each type of orca and a video showing some of their behaviors, with an excellent bibliography.

Arkive: Orca Fact File
Discussion of orca biology, habitat, threats and conservation needs, with some entrancing images.

Convention on Migratory Species Orcinus Orca Linnaeus, 1758
prepared by the Convention on Migratory Species to provide information about killer whales. Sections include "Description," "Distribution," "Population size,"Biology and Behaviour," "Migration," and "Threats," and a long bibliography.

Mammal-Eating Killer Whale Diving Behavior
Cascadia Research discusses diving behavior of mammal-eating transient killer whales, compared to the diving behavior of fish-eating residents. Images and graphs are included.

Orca Research Trust
Founded by Dr. Ingrid N. Visser in 1992, Orca Research Trust was the first research project dedicated to orca in the South Pacific. On-going research includes photographic identification of individual orca, as well as behavioural observations.

North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium - What's in a Whistle?
Communications between transient killer whales vary depending on whether they are stalking prey or celebrating with full bellies. Readers can learn about how they talk to each other and how they use echolocation to navigate and find prey.

Whale Sightings

Orca Network Sightings Network
The purpose of Orca Network's Whale Sighting Network and Education Project is to encourage observation and increase awareness and knowledge about the Southern Resident Community of orcas (J, K and L pods), and foster a stewardship ethic and motivate a diverse audience to take action to protect and restore Puget Sound. To join the Orca Network Sighting Network and receive regular sightings updates, click HERE.

BC Cetacean Sightings Network
Also offers stewardship program, identification guides, and the natural history of killer whales and humpbacks.

Stubbs Island Whale Watching (Northern Resident orca community)
"Setting the standard for responsible wildlife viewing since 1980."

Habitat Links

Heritage Courses Slides Collection - Northwest Natural History Courses for Teachers, with courses enjoyed by educators and non-educators alike, designed to offer teachers opportunities to explore a variety strategies that can enhance their students' learning across the curriculum by tapping in to the power of students' natural intelligence. The courses also offer perspectives in Natural history and lots of opportunities to develop natural history interpretation skills (as well as cycling, kayaking and hiking skills) as a means to enhance outdoor learning experiences for students.

The Great Wild Salmon Run is a nonprofit formed to raise money for groups working to save the Great Wild Salmon. The Great Wild Salmon Run is a perfect combination of original public art and private auction with proceeds going to benefit nonprofit groups working on issues related to the Great Wild Salmon ~ protect, restore, educate, support.

SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest, a bimonthly TV journey to meet our neighbors who live under the surface of Pacific Northwest waters. You'll see surprising colors and contrasts, cold-water critters seldom seen on TV that look like they might have come from outerspace. These submarine neighbors are part of the same ecosystem we are -- we all share the same fate.

Whidbey Watershed Stewards
Formerly Maxwelton Salmon Adventure, Whidbey Watershed Stewards is a community group working to restore, preserve, and protect watersheds and water quality on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Greenbelt Consulting
is an environmental assessment and consulting service designed to help property owners make informed decisions concerning their land, especially preserving shoreline habitat during development. Landowners can minimize the degradation inherent in land clearing, road grading, and homesite construction by becoming more knowledgeable about the natural landscape of their property. Development and long-term maintenance costs can be reduced, and property value increased through coordinated planning and careful consideration of homesite, solar potential, septic systems, and access. Through assessment of your land's topography and existing natural elements, Greenbelt Consulting can suggest practical ways to maintain ecological integrity while blending comfort, safety, and utility.
The wooded and pastoral nature of the Pacific Northwest landscape is rapidly changing due to the influx of people. The very peace and beauty that has attracted people is in danger of disappearing as a result.

“...a project of the Veins of Life Watershed Society Marine Division, in cooperation with Environment Canada, SARA, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, serves to raise awareness on issues concerning the waters of the Salish Sea."

Advocacy Links

Earth Protect
Earth Protect is a place to link videos, participate in the blogs and forums and in general share ideas about how to protect the earth. Please tell your friends and family about us and get involved. It's your world, protect it.

Stefan Jacobs' Orca Home
Stefan shares his love of orcas, his photos and his experiences at the Center for Whale Research, and the most comprehensive list of orcas who have died in captivity, all of them before their time.

Orcinus orca
Information about the orcas of the Northern Residents Community, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada and a catalogue of their distinctive calls, reports, photos and videoclips of whalewatch adventures around the world.

European Cetacean Society
Aims to promote and co-ordinate the scientific study and conservation of cetaceans; and to gather and disseminate information to members and the general public.

International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute works to make oceans safe for marine mammals worldwide.

American Cetacean Society
The American Cetacean Society (ACS) is the oldest whale conservation group in the world. Founded in 1967, it is a non-profit, volunteer membership organization with regional U.S. chapters and members in 41 countries.

American Cetacean Society - Puget Sound
Listen to MP3 sound clips of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in Dye's Inlet, Washington recorded in November 1997 by Cetacean Research Technology owner, Joe Olson, using a Cetacean Research™ C20a2 hydrophone.

Captivity Links

Frontline: A Whale of a Business
For the first time on YouTube, a behind the scenes look at the ludicrous business that is captivity. This program focuses on the beacon for all captive cetaceans, Keiko. His rehabilitation and eventual release was the center of a controversy about keeping these intelligent animals in barren concrete tanks for our amusement. Join Neil Docherty as he interviews the big guys behind this practice and go back in time to see how all this started with the very first killer whale in captivity.

Killer Controversy: Why Orcas Should No Longer be Kept in Captivity
Prepared by Naomi A. Rose, Ph.D., this document discusses the dangers of keeping orcas in captivity to both the animals and to the trainers who care for them. The report reviews concerns, such as high mortality rates of captive orcas, increased risk of infection, high mortality rates of infants, stress and increased aggression toward one another and humans. The document cites four human deaths since the first orca kept in captivity in 1964. These deaths are in comparison to zero deaths and only minor, non-intentional injury caused by orcas in the wild.

Miami SeaPrison
A fun and highly informative spoof on the Miami Seaquarium's website. Lots of great material here.

Lolita - Slave to Entertainment
All about, and how to get a copy of, the dramatic new Lolita documentary that spells out just how morally corrupt it is to keep Lolita confined in concrete in Miami when she could be safely and happily swimming back in her home waters.

Zoocheck Canada
"The public zoo as we know it today is basically a nineteenth century concept." -- David Hancocks

Orca Free
Everything you need to know about orcas and the environmental threats they face. A beautifully crafted library of info on orcas.

A Whale of a Business
Frontline Online's site regarding the raging debate over freeing captive whales and dolphins

Cetacean Society International
An all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education, and research organization based in the USA, with volunteer representatives in 26 countries around the world, dedicated to the preservation and protection of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and the marine environment on a global basis.

Marine Education and Research of South East Alaska: The swift and powerful Orca is without a doubt the "King of the seas."

News Links

Daily Sightline
A wonderful news service. Each morning links are provided for important news stories nationwide about Northwest watershed ecosystems.

Environmental News Service
Exactly what its name implies–a comprehensive overview of current news and information on decisions and forces at work affecting our natural world.