Studying killer whales in the wild is expensive work. Transportation, equipment costs, boat maintenance and fuel are just some of the many daily costs faced by researchers in the field. By taking out a membership in the BC Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, you’ll help defray these costs and become a key partner in the killer whale research effort.

The Vancouver Aquarium has a long tradition of research on cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales).  Our busy Cetacean Research Lab is situated in the Rudy North Marine Mammal Research Centre at the Vancouver Aquarium.  Personnel include our Marine Mammal Research Scientist Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard; Killer Whale Adoption Program Coordinator and Research Assistant Meghan McKillop; and Research Assistants Caitlin Birdsall and Heather Lord.  Most of our research is highly collaborative and we frequently have research associates and graduate students visiting the lab.


A few of our friends:

The Center for Whale Research
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Cetacean Research Program
North Gulf Oceanic Society
BC Cetacean Sightings Network