The Pacific Northwest possesses many natural wonders. One of the most fascinating and precious of these is the Southern Resident killer whale population living in the waters of British Columbia and Washington State. Orcas have captured the public’s imagination for decades. As a result, a regional whale-watching industry emerged to cater to residents and tourists who seek to encounter killer whales in the wild—something that one cannot reliably experience in most of the world. Whale watching is relatively common among recreational boaters in Washington State and British Columbia as well.
The enthusiasm of boat owners and tourists for seeing Orcas has led to some vessels operating in very close proximity to these amazing animals. Approaching too quickly, getting too close or making too much noise can disrupt Orcas, keeping them from finding food, socializing, resting and other activities. The Be Whale Wise campaign was started to help protect Orcas from these disturbances.
The purpose of this page is to ask you for your support in spreading the word about the Be Whale Wise campaign. Your assistance will go a long way toward protecting Orcas in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you for your help.