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Whale News

NGOs file petition for Emergency Order to protect Southern Resident killer whales

On January 30, 2018, a group of conservation organizations filed a legal petition for the federal government to put in place an Emergency Order to protect the critically-endangered Southern Resident killer whale population. The Emergency Order is intended to address two of the three principal threats to the Southern Residents - lack of prey and acoustic/physical disturbance. [Learn more and read the petition here]

January Whale News

Our E-newsletter, Whale News, includes sightings of Northern Resident, Southern Resident and Bigg's (transient) killer whales in our Adoption Program and contains whale-related news. [Read our latest issue here]



A Look Back at 2017

2017 was a very successful year for the Marine Mammal Research Program! Take a look at some of our major research accomplishments and a recap of our field season in our year-end summary.                   2017: A Year in Review


2017 Blackfish Sounder

We are pleased to announce the 2017 annual newsletter of the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, the Blackfish Sounder, is now available to read online. [Learn more]

Support Whale Research
donation to the Marine Mammal Research Program and/or the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program helps fund important conservation-based research on wild killer whales in Canada and around the world. [Learn more]



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Want to know what the Marine Mammal Research Program staff are up to?

Take a look at our News section to find our more about our research trips and to read media articles that feature our research and/or program staff