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Be Whale Wise is a partnership of governments, non-profits, and other stakeholders with the common goal of protecting the unique marine resources of the Salish Sea and educating the public about these resources and how to properly interact with them. Be Whale Wise informs you on the local laws pertaining to marine mammals, as well as going beyond to provide additional guidelines that will make you a safer boater and a steward to our natural resources.

One of the most thrilling experiences one can have in this world is seeing an orca whale in the wild for the first time. The Salish Sea is home to many marine mammals, but most known as the home of the Southern Residents. This unique population of orca whales only feeds on salmon and live in close family groups. Unfortunately, the Southern Residents were listed as endangered in 2005, with only 75 remaining as of early 2019. One of the best ways to help these whales is to Be Whale Wise!

State and Federal regulations require vessels to stay 200 yards away & keep 400 yards out of the path of orcas whales. If an orca whale approaches your vessels within 200 yards you must disengage the transmission of your engine, place your vessel in neutral, and allow the whale to pass safely. These regulations are synonymous throughout the inland waters of Washington State and British Columbia.

For more information of these regulations and additional information please explore this website or contact us with any questions.