The Center For Whale Research Resident Orca Conservation

The Center for​ Whale Research(CWR) is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population in the Pacific Northwest.

Center for Whale Research

Orca Survey is a long-term photo-identification study of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcas) in North America’s Pacific Northwest. The study was initiated by Principal Investigator, Kenneth Balcomb, in 1976 (under contract to the National Marine Fisheries Service) to ascertain the population size of the killer whales in the Greater Puget Sound environs of Washington State.

For almost four decades, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has conducted an annual photo-identification study of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population that frequents the inland waters of Washington State and lower British Columbia. Since their initiation, these studies have provided unprecedented baseline information on population dynamics and demography, social structure, and individual life histories. More is known, in fact, about this population of killer whales than about any other group of marine mammals in the world.


By becoming a member of the Center for Whale Research you will help protect the Southern Resident Orcas! Click on the following link if you would like more information about becoming a member of CWR;!membership/cgbo

Five Star Whale Watching is proud to be an official Corporate Member and supporter of the Center For Whale Research and encourages everyone to become a member of this incredible organization that is working tirelessly to save the Southern Resident Orcas!

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