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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture, Marine Science & Oceanography, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Technology, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Orca Network is dedicated to raising awareness of the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats.

Results: Over the past 15 years, Orca Network's Whale Sighting Network has grown from several hundred participants to 13,500 subscribers to our whale reports, and our Facebook page has grown to nearly 130,000 likes, with most of those active users. In 2001, we collected and shared 710 whale sightings reports; in 2010 it had grown to 2621 reports and continues to grow. These reports enable people to learn about the whales of the Pacific NW, and enable them to get to the shorelines to watch as they pass by. And most importantly, the sightings data is shared with researchers up and down the Pacific Coast, adding important data to studies being done to protect the Endangered Southern Resident orcas, humpbacks, Gray whales and other cetaceans. Orca Network has also been actively engaged in efforts to keep orcas out of captivity, with our focus on Lolita, or Tokitae, the L pod/Southern Resident orca captured off Whidbey Island in 1970, living in the smallest tank in the country at the Miami Seaquarium ever since. Orca Network also oversees the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network, responding to hundreds of calls about stranded or dead marine mammals, conducting necropsies and testing to determine cause of death, which helps researchers understand the health of our marine mammals and ocean ecosystems. We also conduct countless hours of education at the Coupeville Wharf, events, and on the beach, especially during seal pup season. Our newest project is the Langley Whale Center, in Langley, Whidbey Island, WA, open 11 am - 5 pm Thurs - Sunday - come visit us and learn about the whales and marine mammals of the Salish Sea!

Programs: Projects include our popular Whale Sighting Network, educational programs and materials, the Free Lolita project and the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

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