Here’s where you’ll find news about orcas, marine mammals and the marine environment, from around the Pacific Northwest, and the world.

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Marine Wildlife Guidelines

It’s exciting to see marine mammals in the wild! Be prepared for your next outing by reading these guidelines:

Marine Wildlife Guidelines

Critical habitat revision for SRKWs from NOAA!

Good news for Southern Resident Killer Whales! On Feb. 24, 2015, NOAA agreed to take the next steps to designate the Pacific Coast from Cape Flattery to Point Reyes as critical habitat for J, K and L pods. (Congrats to the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed the petition!)

Critical Habitat for Southern Resident Killer Whales

New Calf in L-Pod!

Great news for orcas! NOAA reports a new calf in L-Pod, whose mother is assumed to be L-94. Researchers encountered the group during a cruise off the Washington coast. This is the 3rd new calf in the endangered southern resident population in 3 months. Congratulations to everyone!

Whale Trail Volunteer Meeting

Do you want to help the southern resident orcas and other marine mammals? Volunteer for The Whale Trail and put your skills to work for the whales. Together, we’ll create a brighter future for them.

At this meeting, we’ll share our vision and goals for 2015 and beyond.

  • Sign up for specific activities that you want to help with, or areas of interest you want to learn more about.
  • Help us chart our course for the new year, and learn what you can do to be part of it.

All ages welcome. Hope to see you there!

Please register at Brown Paper Tickets  so we know how many people to expect. 


The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries