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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. 


New calf in J-pod

There’s a new calf in J-pod! The young orca, J-50, was observed by the Center for Whale Research and others on December 30th. Its presumed mother is J-16, a 42-year old female.

This is great news for the endangered southern resident population, and increases their total number to 78 individuals.  However, orca calves face daunting survival odds – there is a 50/50 chance an orca calf won’t survive its first year.

We’ll hope for the best for the little whale and her family, and hope that this time next year we are wishing Happy Birthday to J-50!

Read more about the new calf at the Seattle Times here.


Whale Trail Winter Gathering

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With the loss of J-32, the southern resident orcas are down to just 77 individuals. Join us Dec 17 for this seasonal gathering to share our concern for and connection to the southern resident orcas.

Bring your ideas, your passion and your good energy. We’ll provide snacks, speakers, and tools to get involved. Researcher Mark Sears will share photos from recent encounters with J K and L pods in Puget Sound. Seal Sitters and Diver Laura James will be there too.

Together we’ll find light in the dark for the whales.

  • What: Whale Trail Winter Gathering
  • When: Wednesday December 17, 6:30 to 9 PM
  • Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136
  • Cost: $5, kids free
  • Advance tickets:

Get tickets soon! This will likely sell out. 

Loss of another Southern Resident Orca

J-32 (Rhapsody), an 18-year old member of the southern resident population, has died. The young orca was found dead near Courtenay BC. It is presumed she died within the last 24 hours. A necropsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

This brings the total SRKW community down to just 77 individuals, and the number of breeding females to 15. Rhapsody’s death is a devastating loss for this endangered population.

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