Southern Resident killer whales, or orcas, are a beloved icon of the Pacific Northwest but sadly they are going extinct. Governor Jay Inslee created the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force to develop recommendations for ways we can recover this unique population. This Web site tracks the progress implementing those recommendations. Below are the six categories of challenges to orca recovery.
“If we’re going to save these beautiful, magnificent creatures, we have a lot to do and fast. I call upon all Washingtonians to do what they can to help save our orcas. If we all work together, I know we can make a difference.” -Governor Jay Inslee
Be Whale Wise
There are lots of options for viewing whales, whether from the safety of a computer Webcam provided by The Whale Museum or from the beautiful shoreline. The least impactful way to see Southern Resident killer whales in person is from shore. Check out The Whale Trail’s information for great locations to watch all of the region’s whale species from land. If taking a whale-watching tour, be sure to go with a licensed, professional company that knows the laws. If you see whales from your own watercraft, whether it’s a motorized boat or kayak, remember orcas are impacted by disturbance and noise from all vessels, so Be Whale Wise and follow the rules to make it safe for you and the whales.
September 26, 2023
Recreational Boaters See New Rules for Southern Resident Killer Whales Soon
September 21, 2023
Quiet Sound Voluntary Vessel Slowdown Starts as Soon as October 1
September 11, 2023
Orca Recovery Day October 14
August 24, 2023
Lolita the Orca Dies in Captivity Before Return to the Pacific Northwest
Prey photograph from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Vessels photograph by Alan Niles, Pacific Whale Watch Association
Be Whale Wise photograph by Jeanne Hyde
Connect with Whales photograph from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (News May 14, 2015)