ECOSYSTEM UNCERTAINTY

Marine mammals along the West Coast face an uncertain future due to pollution, loss of habitat, and the threat of oil spills. Fishing, recreation, and human health all depend on healthy, functioning ecosystems.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Enjoy watching marine wildlife without causing them harm or placing your personal safety at risk. View animals from a distance where they won’t be disturbed. Don’t touch, feed or chase wildlife. Keep pets leashed and away from marine animals.

View the Marine Wildlife Viewing Guidelines at:

Contributors to these guidelines include NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program, NOAA Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Watchable Wildlife, Inc., International Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, and a number of state and regional agencies, organizations, and institutions.

YOU CAN HELP

Everyone has a role to play in protecting our marine environment. Commit to treading lightly on the earth. Volunteer on projects to restore and preserve our salmon runs and watersheds, educate yourself and your community, and ask public decision makers to support strong shoreline protections

Learn more about what you can do to help the Whale Trail advocate for whale recovery and restore habitat and ecosystems.

VIEWING GUIDE

View our guide on how to watch marine animals from shore.

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