Whales’ massive size, incomparable intelligence, curiosity, and sociability make us want to connect with them, and we are thrilled by the mystery of what a whale does beneath the ocean’s surface. But we did not always look at whales with interest and admiration, and only recently have we started valuing them as part of an… Read more »
Center for Whale Research The Center for Whale Research is responsible for the longest ongoing marine mammal monitoring project in the world. This organization is going on 44 years of research in the Pacific Northwest. Its biggest focus is the endangered southern resident killer whale population, which their staff and volunteers monitor from boat and… Read more »
Killer whales are found all over the world and live in communities that are totally separate from one another. These ten distinct populations are referred to as “ecotypes”, with five types residing in each hemisphere. This week we will explore the five ecotypes that call the Northern Hemisphere home! Here in the Salish Sea we… Read more »
Whales are weird, and cool! Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) are found all around the Earth’s oceans, in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a few examples of some particularly unique cetaceans, and what makes them special. Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) The grey whale is a strange member of the baleen whale family. Baleen whales… Read more »
From Feet to Flippers Whales and dolphins are beloved animals in many places around the world. From their intelligence and sociability to their sheer enormity, many people are fascinated by the mysterious underwater lives of these majestic creatures. Despite growing curiosity, many people are surprised to discover that whales evolved from land mammals. Cetaceans –… Read more »
At Prince of Whales Whale Watching, what motivated the inception of our journey–and what continues to guide us every day–is a sense of responsibility for where we live, including the wildlife we encounter on every tour. From North Pacific seabirds to island-dwelling deer, ocean-bathing sea lions, and our majestic cetaceans, nothing incites more passion for environmental concern. Understandably, we want to do everything we can to assure these animals are able to enjoy the place they call home.