Center for Whale Research

(this is our old website, the new website can be found at

The Center for Whale Research was founded in 1976 to promote, conduct and support benign research on marine mammals of the Order Cetacea - whales, dolphins and porpoises. The research method is primarily long term (multi-year) photo-identification of individuals within populations, which provides baseline data for demographic and behavioral studies. The knowledge gained from these studies is provided to the scientific community, to governments, to the public and to conservation organizations.

Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) breaching

The principle studies underway are

Research boat with dense-beaked whales (Blainville's beaked whale, Mesoplodon densirostris)


The Center is active with other organizations in scientifically evaluating the feasibility of rehabilitating and safely returning selected captive cetaceans like the killer whale Lolita to their families and communities in their natural habitat.

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) spyhopping. This particular orca is adult male L10,
who was estimated to be born in 1959 and is missing since 1998.

P.O. Box 1577
Friday Harbor, WA 98520

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The Center for Whale Research likes to thank all the contributors to this webpage, especially Carrie Newell and Stefan Jacobs.

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