By becoming a member of the BC Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program you will be directly supporting research on wild killer whales. Continuing research will lead to a better understanding of the whales, their place in the ocean ecosystem, and the conservation measures necessary to protect them.

Useful Links and Resources


Vancouver Aquarium Conservation Programs

Vancouver Aquarium Cetacean Research Lab
BC Cetacean Sightings Network
Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation 
Fisheries Depredation by Whales
Ocean Wise
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 

Our Partners

Center For Whale Research
DFO Cetacean Research Program
North Gulf Oceanic Society
Genetic Data Centre University of British Columbia


B.C. Organizations in Conservation and Research

Animal Health Centre
Bamfield Marine Station
Cetacealab (North Coast Cetacean Society)
Cetus Research and Conservation Society
DFO Cetacean Research Program
Earthling Enterprises
Georgia Strait Alliance
North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium
Orca Live
Pacific Whale Foundation
Raincoast Research Society
Strawberry Island Research Society
UBC Marine Mammal Research Unit
Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC)


Other Useful Websites

Learn More About Whales and Dolphins

Coastal British Columbia
American Cetacean Society Factsheets
National Marine Mammal Lab Education Web
Whales (EcoKids)
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (NOAA)
Whale Net 

Species at Risk

Canadian Species At Risk Act - Public Registry
COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada)
DFO Pacific Region Marine Mammals
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Red List
NOAA - Marine Mammal Stock Assessments
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Endangered Species Act 

Marine Mammal Research Societies and Publications

American Cetacean Society
European Association for Aquatic Mammals
European Cetacean Society
Society for Marine Mammalogy  






U.S. Organizations in Conservation and Research 


Beam Reach Marine Science & Sustainability School
Cascadia Research Collective
Center for Whale Research
Killer Whale Tales
National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Northwest Fisheries Science Centre - Marine mammal program
Orca Network
Seattle Aquarium
The Whale Museum 


Alaska Whale Foundation
North Gulf Oceanic Society  


Eco-tourism that supports conservation and research

Vancouver Island

Bluewater Adventures – Vancouver Island, BC
Discovery Marine Safaris - Campbell River, BC
Eagle Eye Adventures – Campbell River,BC
MacKay Whale Watching – Port McNeill, BC
Out for Adventures – Vancouver Island, BC
Pacific Northwest Expedition  - Vancouver Island, BC
Spirit of the West Adventures – Quadra Island, BC
Stubbs Island Whale Watching – Telegraph Cove, BC

Vancouver and British Columbia main land

Footprint Nature Explorations - Powell River, BC
Sewell’s Marina – Vancouver, BC
Steveston Seabreeze Adventures – Richmond, BC
Vancouver Whale Watch – Richmond, BC
Wild Whales Vancouver – Vancouver, BC


Eagle Wing Tours - Victoria, BC
Five Star Whale Watching - Victoria, BC
Prince of Whales - Victoria, BC
Springtide Victoria Whale Watching - Victoria, BC