From October 2015

As of December 2016,

the SRKW population totals 80 79 78 individuals:
J Pod=26 24, K Pod=19, L Pod=35.


Why do whales sing?


“The size of all three Southern Resident Killer Whale pods was reduced in number from 1965-75 as a result of whale captures for marine park exhibition. At least 13 whales were killed during these captures, while 45 whales were delivered to marine parks around the world. Today, only Lolita (Tokitae) remains alive in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium. Annual SRKW population updates occur on July 1 and December 31 each year.”    National Geographic dedicated a story on the 40 years of dedicated research by Ken Balcolmb.     Please read about the pod members and support the Center for Whale Research, Friday Harbor, WA.  You can purchase a donation gift card           Click here


A TEXAS OIL COMPANY running the Canadian Kinder Morgan Pipeline plans to increase its output of bitumen (oil) through critical marine habitat areas. It has already been going on for some time, and there have been spills already. Here is just one of the overlay maps to be found in the full explanatory article here:

Our Threatened Coast – Raincoast Conservation Foundation


The project will see capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from the Alberta oilsands to Burnaby, triple to 890,000 barrels of diluted bitumen a day from 300,000 barrels daily. It will also mean tanker traffic from the Burnaby terminal will increase to 34 tankers a month from about five a month.

Sign the petition : Say no to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline project


Other challenges:

Sound Bombardment

   Sonic Sea (trailer)

Tanker noise

Navy Piling Project

When Whales Cannot Hear: Ocean Noise Doubling Every 10 Years, by Dahr Jamail


Other challenges:

US Navy Overflight and Sub-surface  Marine Training Operations

Sonar-explosives training

US Navy Neurotoxins: lead, mercury, lithium and depleted uranium

The First 12 Million  The TAKE LIST

EA-18G “Growler” Airfield Operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island

 Environmental Impact Statement


Other challenges:

 Vessel Traffic Injuries –


The story of 18 year old male J-34


Other challenges:
Ocean Acidification

    A Sea Change (trailer)


Other challenges:

Disease, Malnutrition, Captivity, and Weather

Toxic Algae


J2 In Memorium,

by Kenneth Balcomb

December 31, 2016

“My first acquaintance with the southern resident killer whale designated J2 was on April 16, 1976 in Admiralty Inlet, Puget Sound.”

read more

More on Granny’s life from the Orca Network:

“In 2006   M.L. Lyke wrote a six-part series about the life of J2 Granny for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, telling her life history, the changes and traumas she experienced over the decades. The ten years since then have seen a continuation of

what went before”

Part 1

Part 2

In Memorium: Tilikum

SeaWorld’s Icelandic Bull Orca was 35


Read, support, share, protect

Westcoast Action Alliance

Center for Whale Research

The Orca Network

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation

DeSmog Canada

 At Sea with Marine Birds (a book)

You can adopt a whale:  The Whale Museum Friday Harbor, WA


There are at least 253 identified species of fish known to inhabit the marine and brackish regions of the Salish Sea.

We have cat sharks and hound sharks, ratfish and lizard fish and viper fish, headlight fish and flashlight fish.


Many thanks to all photographers,writers and organizations I borrow from, I commend your work. If you have any conflict with my project or suggestions to spread awareness, my contact information is on the main page. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈

Marine Mammals of the Salish SeaThis poster is available for $15.00 at The Whale Museum