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Whales are the environmental guardians of our ocean. Their health and wellbeing are the most useful indicators of the health of the entire ocean ecosystem.

Sentinels of the Sea

Building on 30 years of conservation-based research, the Whales Initiative helps protect and conserve cetacean (whale, dolphin or porpoise) populations. We do this by finding ways to minimize the negative effects of human activities, such as commercial fishing and shipping, on their ability to communicate, navigate, forage, and reproduce. The initiative uses research, monitoring, education, and conservation tools to provide important information to decision makers. Focusing on key threats such as habitat quality, prey availability, genetic fitness, contaminants, and underwater noise. We work in collaboration with other organizations and much of the field and laboratory work is funded by the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program.

Whales are great. Did you know some of them are also very big?

Jessica Scott

Ocean Wise

Sightings Portal

The Ocean Wise Sightings Portal allows you to view your own (or your organization’s) sighting reports on a map, quickly review what has been observed, and download your sightings in a csv file for your own use!

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