Southern Resident Killer Whales, courtesy NOAA
North Pacific Right Whale, courtesy NOAA
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.
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:
- NOAA Ocean Etiquette
- NOAA Responsible Marine Wildlife Viewing
- Download/print a pocket guide for responsible marine wildlife viewing.
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.
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.