The Whale Trail

  1. The Whale Trail's series of orca and marine mammal talks presents the community with the opportunity to learn about the state of our marine ecosystems. Lynne Barre from NOAA's Protected Resources Division is an expert on the state of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW). Lynne gives a talk on the overall health of the SRKW population and what's being done to understand and address their decline.

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  2. The Whale Trail is the charity partner of the first Orca Run, a half marathon in West Seattle staged on September 25th. The course begins at Don Armeni park overlooking downtown Seattle and follows the shore the entire route, passing signs on the Whale Trail before turning around in Lincoln Park. Whale Trail volunteers turn out to help with race logistics and conduct outreach to the public about the plight of the Southern Resident Orcas and their environment.

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  3. Over the past year, six new calves have been born to the Southern Resident Killer Whales (J, K and L pods). What does that mean for this endangered population – how healthy are they overall? What have we learned over the past year, and what are the most pressing questions still to be addressed? Hear the latest findings and future research directions, presented by Dr. Brad Hanson, NWFSC lead killer whale researcher. Presented by The Whale Trail, December 3, 2015 at C&P Coffee in West Seattle.

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  4. The Whale Trail promotes shore-based viewing of marine mammals along the North American West coast. Since 2008, the number of Whale Trail sites has grown to over 60, from the Salish Sea to Washington's Olympic peninsula, the Oregon coast, and northern California. Many sites contain interpretive signs customized to show which animals are likely to be viewed there. The Whale Trail fosters stewardship of marine mammals and their environment, connects communities, and presents ongoing educational outreach programs to the public.

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  5. Volunteers from the Whale Trail clean up debris from the beach at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

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The Whale Trail

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Learn about whales, dolphins and other marine mammals! The Whale Trail (thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites to watch orcas and other marine mammals from shore. We also produce programs - lecture series like Orca Talks and Orca Tours, festivals…


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Learn about whales, dolphins and other marine mammals! The Whale Trail (thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites to watch orcas and other marine mammals from shore. We also produce programs - lecture series like Orca Talks and Orca Tours, festivals like Welcome the Orcas, and educational workshops like Orca Steward trainings.
Welcome to The Whale Trail! (Banner photos by Mark Sears, NOAA Permit 16163-01)

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