The Species

There are 30 species of marine mammals in the Northwest, including whales and dolphins (cetaceans), seals and sea lions (pinnipeds) and river otters and sea otters (mustelids).

In this section, you’ll find information about the most common marine mammals you are likely to see along the Whale Trail. There’s also a viewing chart to show where and when you are most likely to see which animal at Whale Trail locations.

We’d love to hear about experiences you’ve had seeing these animals along the Whale Trail, or anywhere! Use these pages to share your stories, ask questions, and view or share photos.

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