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?
In the field and the lab, our researchers are helping whales survive and thrive in the wild. Ocean Wise has been researching marine mammals like killer whales and belugas since the 80s, focusing on long-term studies of populations and threats.
Empowering communities with knowledge about the health of their local marine environment through our Whale Trail, Doc Talks, resources and more, Ocean Wise educates and inspires a love of whales.
We are committed to protecting marine mammals and their habitats through initiatives such as the Whale Report Alert System (WRAS), The Whale Trail, and more. With a focus on mitigating the impact of human activities on these magnificent creatures and preserving them for future generations.