LINKS & RESOURCES
Research, Education & Conservation
Cetacean Society National Headquarters
The American Cetacean Society is the oldest whale conservation
group in the world. Founded in 1967, it is a non-profit, volunteer
membership organization with regional U.S. chapters and members
in 22 countries.
- Cascadia Research
Cascadia Research, is a non-profit research organization based in
Olympia, WA, which has conducted scientific research and education for
the past 27 years. Since its incorporation in 1979, Cascadia Research
has received grants and contracts, primarily from government agencies,
to pursue research in a variety of areas. Most of this research has
been in the fields of marine mammal and bird biology, animal behavior,
ecology, and pollution ecology.
for Coastal Studies
The Center for Coastal Studies is a private non-profit organization
for research, conservation and education in the coastal and
marine environments. Founded in 1976 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
for Whale Research
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.
for Bioacoustics at the University of Pavia in Italy
The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental
Research (Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche
Ambientali) was founded in 1988 and is endowed with a Laboratory
of Marine Bioacoustics and Acoustical Oceanography. The activity
of the Centro focuses on the development of research projects
on the acoustic communication in animals, the study of practical
applications in regard to the monitoring and censusing with
passive acoustics, the development of advanced methods of sound
analysis based on the digital processing of signals, the establishment
of a Sound Library of Mediterranean Cetaceans as well as the
technical support to other institutions involved in bioacoustical
The Cetacean Society International is an all volunteer, non-profit
conservation, education, and research organization based in
the United States, with volunteer representatives in 26 countries
around the world. The goal of the Cetacean Society International
is to achieve on a global basis the "optimum utilization
of cetacean resources" [1946 International Whaling Commission
Treaty] through benign utilization and the elimination of all
killing and captive display of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
The Dolphin Institute (TDI) is the not-for-profit arm of the
Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii. TDI
is dedicated to the study and preservation of dolphins, whales,
and other marine mammals, and to the education of people whose
attitudes and activities affect the survival and well-being
of these animals.
The Dolphin Study Group (DSG) was founded in May 1995 within
the Zoology Department at the National University of Singapore.
In 1996, the Zoology Department and the Botany Department merged
into the Department of Biological Sciences. And in January 1997,
the DSG was included into the newly formed Tropical Marine Science
The European Cetacean Society (ECS) was formed in January 1987
at a meeting of 80 cetologists (whale and dolphin biologists)
from 10 European countries. The objectives of the Society are
to promote and co-ordinate the scientific study and conservation
of cetaceans; and to gather and disseminate information about
cetaceans to Members of the Society and the public at large.
Academy (Accademia del Leviatano)
The Leviathan Academy was founded in 1996 to promote and develop
studies and researches for the knowledge and conservation of
Marine Mammals, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea. The Academy
continues the studies tradition and the activities of Marine
Mammals Working Group, informally founded in 1990 in the Animal
Biology Department of University of Rome.
Animal Rescue Society
The Marine Animal Rescue Society (MARS) is a federally recognized
non-profit organization with a letter of authorization from
the National Marine Fisheries Services to rescue, rehabilitate
and release stranded marine mammals. Founded in 1996 in Miami,
Alliance & Whale Conservation Institute
The Ocean Alliance encompasses the Whale Conservation Institute
and the Voyage of the Odyssey and is dedicated to the conservation
of whales and their ocean environment through research and education.
The Ocean Alliance's Voyage of the Odyssey will gather the first
ever baseline data on the levels of synthetic contaminants throughout
the world's oceans.
- Oceans Alive
An interactive educational web site by the Environmental Defense Network, which includes information on the ocean for both kids and adults, with a focus on protecting ecosystems and fisheries. Site includes information on the challenges facing the ocean, constructive solutions, and guides to help you select seafood that is both healthy for the ocean and for you.
Project Delphis was created in 1985 as an innovative and positive
project to investigate and assess dolphin behavior and cognition.
Research from Project Delphis is submitted to the scientific
community in order to further dolphin conservation efforts worldwide.
- Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem
The 2006 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Indicators Report, from a partnership between the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Canadian Government, is composed of nine environmental indicators specific to this ecosystem: Population Health, Urbanization and Forest Change, Solid Waste and Recycling, River, Stream and Lake Quality, Shellfish, Air Quality, Marine Species at Risk, Toxics in Harbor Seals and Marine Water Quality. and each indicator is structured around essential questions like "What is Happening?" "How Does This Affect Me?" and "What Can I Do?" The online version also contains many links and references that help navigate priority work on both sides of the border. Each indicator is structured around essential questions like "What is Happening?" “How Does This Affect Me?” and "What Can I Do?" The online version also contains many links and references that help navigate priority work on both sides of the border.
Remote Sensing Network
The SeaSound Remote Sensing Network is a system of interconnected
sensing devices installed in the marine environment of Haro
Strait to study orca communication, underwater noise, bottomfish
ecology and local climatic conditions. The project is sponsored
by The Whale Museum.
Sirenian International, Inc., is a grassroots organization of
people who share a dedication to manatee & dugong research,
education, and conservation through inter-cultural collaboration.
We are a partnership of scientists, students, educators, conservationists,
and the public. We believe in the process of integrating science,
education, and culture to catalyze positive change in our shared
environment, Mother Earth.
for Marine Mammalogy
The Society for Marine Mammalogy is a non-profit organization
that seeks to evaluate and promote the educational, scientific
and managerial advancement of marine mammal science, and provide
scientific information, as required, on matters related to the
conservation and management of marine mammal resources. Founded
in 1981 in San Francisco, California.
- Whale & Dolphin Conservation
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, (WDCS) is the world's
most active charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare
of all whales, dolphins and porpoises. Our objectives are to
to reduce, and ultimately, eliminate the continuing threats
to cetaceans and their habitats, and raise awareness of cetaceans
and educate people about the need to address the continuing
threats to their welfare and survival. Established in 1987 in
- Whale Museum
The Whale Museum is a non-profit organization that promotes
stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education
and research. Sponsor of multiple programs including the Whale
Hotline, SeaSound Remote Sensing Network, and the Orca Adoption
Program. Located in Friday Harbor, Washington.
WhaleNet is an enhancement project funded by the National Science
Foundation, and sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, which
offers students and teachers curriculum resources and support,
a source of data for interdisciplinary classroom activities,
and interactive informational support through WhaleNet utilizing
the Internet and telecommunications.
The Wild Dolphin Project (WDP), founded by Dr. Denise Herzing
in 1985, is engaged in an ambitious, long-term scientific study
of a specific pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins that live 40
miles off the coast of the Bahamas, in the Atlantic Ocean. For
about 100 days each year, Phase I research has involved the
photographing, videotaping, and audio taping of a group of resident
dolphins, aiming to learn about their lives.
- Woods Hole
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit
research facility dedicated to the study of marine science and
to the education of marine scientists. It is the largest independent
oceanographic institution in the world. Founded in 1930 in Woods
Commercial Products & Services
Discover Pacific Tours is a private company run and operated
by Alfredo Herrera, a bilingual guide specializing in wildlife
excursions such as whale watching, wild dolphin encounters,
and bird watching. Our friendly and informative trips combine
the adventure of being up-close and personal with mother Nature,
with the personalized service, safety, and guidance of an expert
in the field. Our mission is to share with you the richness
and spectacular beauty of our region's biodiversity, as well
as to raise awareness of the importance of its preservation
to a better future for our planet. We love nature, and we want
to share it with you.
The Wild Productions
In the Wild Productions is a video production company that specializes
in recording wildlife and outdoor adventures. We offer outstanding
whale watching videos, broadcast quality stock video footage
of whales (especially Humpbacks), dolphins and other marine
wildlife and professional recording and production services.
Cetacean Research Technology (CRT) specializes in providing
hydrophones and customized underwater acoustic instrumentation
for researchers and recreational enthusiasts. Since 1994, CRT
owner, Joseph Olson, has worked closely with scientists and
audio specialists to fine-tune his affordable line of hydrophones.
These hydrophones and associated products are used by academic
and governmental institutions, corporations, and individuals
in over 25 countries, spanning every continent and ocean in
Since 1968 Sexton Photographics has designed and crafted enclosures
to protect delicate photographic and videographic equipment
against most of the hazards of underwater work. When you order
a housing, it is then constructed to meet your specifications
for professional or recreational applications.