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Listed below are links to a variety of websites providing information devoted to whales and whale watching. Browse through to find information from researchers, scientists, and communities, regarding whales, marine life, migration patterns, marine sanctuaries, and festivals dedicated to whales.
For information about whale watching charters and outfitters, please go to our San Juan Islands whale watching page.
CERF is a Canadian non-profit organization that funds research on whales, dolphins, and their environment through an eco-tourism program. Here you will find information on the whale research trips we offer, as well as on our research programs. You will also find some general whale & dolphin information.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. 138 West First Street, Port Angeles WA 98362. Phone: 360-457-6622.
Covers 3,310-square miles of marine waters off the Olympic Peninsula coastline and provides habitat for one of the most diverse marine mammal faunas in North America and a critical link in the Pacific flyway. The sanctuary boasts a rich mix of cultures, preserved in contemporary lives of members of Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah tribes.
Pacific Orca Society, British Columbia
The Virtual Whale Project
3D Animation and sound environment for the visualization of the feeding behaviors of Pacific Humpback Whales.
The Whale Museum. The Whale Museum. 62 First Street North, PO Box 945, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250. Toll-free: 1-800-946-7227.
An interactive educational project sponsored (whale, seal, dolphin, porpoise and turtle data) by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts with support from the National Science Foundation.
Join us on a wonderful journey into the world of Cetaceans, those mysterious animals that spend their entire lives in water. Dive down to the greatest depths and discover the Blue whale, the Right whale, Sperm, Humpback, Sei, Gray, Bowhead, Fin, Minke, Orca, Dolphins and more. Pick your favorite whale or dolphin and find out what it is doing, what it looks like and where it lives.
Whalesong - An odyssey of sight, sound, and science by Ken McCann
A volunteer whale watching program during peak gray whale migration times coinciding with winter and spring breaks. Trained volunteers stationed at twenty-nine locations on or near the Oregon Coast provide information and assist spotting whales.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Operation Orca: Springer, Luna and the Struggle to Save West Coast Killer Whales by Daniel Francis and Gill Hewlett. Through the amazing story of these two "orphan" whales, Operation Orca tells the larger story of orcas in the Pacific Northwest, the people who have studied them and the transformation of the whale's image from killer to icon. Order now...
Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia (California Natural History Guides) by Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, and Sophie Webb. This field guide describes the whales, dolphins, seals and otters from Mexico to British Columbia including Washington. Featuring many color illustrations, photographs, drawings, and maps. Order now...
The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook: A Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the World by Ben Wilson and Angus Wilson. This book covers the biology of each creature listed and has a species guide. Sections explain the study of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, examine the impact of whale-watching and offer practical advice on how to view, photograph and enjoy these creatures in the wild. Order now...
The Grandest of Lives: Eye to Eye with Whales by Douglas H. Chadwick. Wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick takes readers inside the world of modern-day scientific whale observation, from gathering data to weathering storms to spirited scientific debate. Detailed portraits of the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale, and orca representing a cross-section of the forms and behaviors of cetaceans worldwide. Order now...
Whales: Touching the Mystery by Doug Thompson. This book describes the hidden lives of whales, their migrations, and the modern threats they face. He also chronicles the efforts of human champions who are working to end whale hunting and promote whale watching. This appealing package includes photos and maps as well as a first-rate companion DVD. Order now...
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