Center for Whale Research


Mission Statement

Since 1976, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident killer whale (orca) population in the Pacific Northwest.


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.

Program Details

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PO BOX 1577
Friday Harbour, WA 98250
United States
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