ADOPT A GRAY WHALE
Each year some gray whales break-off their northern migration
past the Washington coast and come into shallow waters to feed for extended
periods. Cascadia Research has been conducting research on these whales
since 1983. The first surprising finding was that many of these whales
return year after year to the same region, and have found productive areas
to feed for several months at a time. You can help support our research
and education efforts on gray whales by adopting one of these "resident"
animals. These whales have typically fed in several areas of the state
including northern Puget Sound near Whidbey Island, the Strait of Juan
de Fuca, the northern Washington coast, and Grays Harbor.
Your Whale Adoption will support the following research and educational
Identify the number and individual whales that come into inland waters.
Each spring and summer biologists with Cascadia research take photographs
of the whales that come into our waters that allow us to identify each
individual from their distinctive natural marks. This allows us to determine
which whales are using specific areas, how many whales are here, how long
whales are staying, and whether the same whales are returning in different
Tracking gray whale sightings throughout Washington wasters.
Cascadia maintains a toll-free phone number (1-800-747-7329) for people
to report sightings. These sightings help us to track whales. We also collaborate
with other organizations (including the Whale Museum and their Whale Hotline
for tracking sightings and movements of whales).
Examining gray whales that strand or die in Washington waters.
Working with other organizations that are part of the Northwest Marine
Mammal Stranding Network, Cascadia examines the 2 to 14 gray whales that
die each year in Washington waters. We use information from our tracking
of live whales to determine where these whales had been feeding. We also
work to help whales that get into trouble such as the two that we helped
keep from becoming trapped in a shallow lagoon in southern Puget Sound
and the whale we cut free from a fishing net in Hood Canal.
Conducting education on gray whales in Washington State.
We provide information on gray whales to the public and students through:
1) educational presentations to schools, 2) producing reports, articles,
and books on gray whales, and 3) answering media inquiries about gray whales.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A WHALE ADOPTION
Your annual adoption includes the following:
Your adoption certificate
A custom photograph of the whale you have adopted
Information and sighting history of the whale you have adopted
An annual update on the status of our research, and new findings on gray
WHALES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
Cascadia Research has identified over 150 gray whales in Washington waters
over the last nine years. Among those available for adoption are:
Named for the two closely spaced knuckles on his back. This whale
was first seen in March 1991 in southern Puget Sound, but after several
months moved up to more productive feeding grounds in northern Puget Sound.
He has been identified some 34 times over the years, most recently in northern
WHALE #62 (NAME NEEDED):
This whale has been seen consistently in Grays Harbor, where it
was first identified in 1989. This whale generally breaks from the northern
migration in late March and spends April and May feeding in Grays Harbor.
One of our most conspicuously marked whales named because of the large
white patch on his right side. This whale has been seen each of the past
four years in April and May around Port Susan and Saratoga Passage.