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Upcoming Events

Run for the whales, and The Whale Trail! Join us September 25 on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The Whale Trail is the beneficiary of the Orca Run, a 1/2 marathon event. The 13.1 mile course follows the West Seattle shoreline from Seacrest Marina to Lincoln Park, passing 4 Whale Trail sites along the way! The Orca Run is part of Seattle Summer Parkways, a festival that goes from 11 AM to 4 PM.

  • Sign up now to run, walk or volunteer.
  • Or just come to cheer on the runners, learn about orcas, and help us keep an eye out for the SRKW! Learn more here.  
  • And thanks to our partners at for selecting The Whale Trail to be the charity partner for this first-ever event. We are grateful!

Saturday, August 20th we’re participating in the Duwamish River Festival. Join us as we bring the whales to the river, and connect the story of the salmon and the orcas. Learn more here.


Tuesday August 23 we are hosting a volunteer meeting.  Join us at C&P Coffee to celebrate the last days of summer, and to plan a great year ahead along The Whale Trail.  Bring your ideas, your calendar, and your passion for the whales. More info here.



Newest Whale Trail Sign

LHP-2The newest Whale Trail sign was recently installed in West Vancouver BC! Congratulations to Bailey Eagan of the BC Cetacean Sighting Network (BCCSN) and everyone involved. This is the fourth of five signs funded by a grant from Mountain Equipment Coop to BCCSN – The Whale Trail BC is well underway. Thanks to everyone involved, especially the local teams!

GiveBig to The Whale Trail

On May 3, The Whale Trail is participating in Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign! Any gift received on May 3rd will be furthered by stretch dollars from the Foundation.

Click here to donate to The Whale Trail today and schedule your gift for May 3. (Or, revisit the link on Tuesday!)

GiveBig to The Whale Trail, and help us connect the west coast for the whales. Your donation will go a long way in helping us protect the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), other marine mammals and their environment. (Read more in Director’s Blog.)

J53 in Puget Sound. Photo by Mark Sears, Research Permit 16163-01

J17 and new calf J53 in Puget Sound, 11/2015. Photo by Mark Sears, Research Permit 16163-01


Bruce Mate Presentation 4/21

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Celebrate Earth Day by learning about whales! Join us for this rare Seattle appearance by renowned whale researcher Bruce Mate. Bruce will demonstrate how his teams use satellite-monitored radio tags to identify critical habitats and migration routes of endangered whales to protect them. His talk will focus on western and ENP gray whales, right whales, and contemporary issues for blue whales during the last few years of warm water as examples.
Bruce Mate is the Director and Endowed Chair of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, and founder of Oregon’s Whale Watching Spoken Here program.
Bruce’s talk is hosted by The Whale Trail, and co-sponsored by Seal Sitters and the American Cetacean Society Puget Sound Chapter.
“How We Save Whales from Space”
Presentation by Bruce Mate
When: Thursday April 21, 7 PM – 8:30
–Doors open 6:15
Where: Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle WA
Cost: $10, $5 Kids under 12
Advance tickets:
About the Speaker

Bruce Mate is a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals. Using this technique, he has tagged and tracked manatees, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins, gray whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, fin whales and blue whales. This work has led to the discovery of previously unknown migration routes and seasonal distributions (wintering and summering areas), as well as descriptions of diving behavior to better understand feeding effort. 

His research primarily focuses on endangered whale species whose distributions, movements, and critical habitats (for feeding, breeding, and migration) are unknown for much of the year. Decision makers use this valuable information to manage human activities that may jeopardize the recovery of endangered whale populations, such as moving shipping lanes for North Atlantic right whales.

In 2010 and 2011, Bruce Mate’s team used satellite telemetry to track three critically endangered western gray whales from their feeding grounds in Russia to join the eastern Pacific gray whale migration to Baja California. The findings shed new light on the interactions of these populations, and have profound implications for their long-term management and conservation.

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