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Helping Our Local Orcas

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Take Action

Conserve water

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, skip watering your lawn. More water in our rivers means more water for salmon—and more food for orcas!

Conserve electricity

Use less electricity so the dams use less water. More water for salmon means more salmon for orcas!

Put waste in its place

Properly dispose of litter, garbage and pet waste—and check your car engine to prevent oil leaks—so these materials don’t end up in Puget Sound.

Use eco-friendly products

Even far from the water, nearly everything that goes down your drain or washes into storm drains and creeks, eventually ends up in the sea.

Use less gas

Carpool, use mass transit, ride your bike or walk to help create a cleaner environment for our orcas.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Saving resources makes for a better environment for our orcas—and ourselves.

Eat sustainable seafood

Choose sustainably caught and harvested seafood.

Share what you know

Tell your family and friends how they can help. Together, we can all make a difference for the orcas.

Learn More

Increase your knowledge and support the many groups that are working to save the orcas – and salmon too.

American Cetacean Society, Puget Sound Chapter
Local chapter of the oldest whale conservation organization, featuring a monthly speaker series in Seattle.

Be Whale Wise
Learn how to watch whales safely and responsibly.

Center for Whale Research
35 years of orca population research and great orca photos.

Killer Whale Tales
Environmental science through storytelling; inspiring kids to make a difference for orcas.

NOAA Fisheries
Read the southern resident orcas and salmon recovery plans. Report harassment or sightings of injured/stranded marine mammals by calling the NOAA Fisheries hotline at (800) 853-1964.

Orca Network
Find out where the whales are, all the latest news about orcas and their habitat, ways to get involved, and more.

Listen in to a network of hydrophones stationed throughout the Salish Sea, habitat of the Southern Resident orca pods.

Orca Salmon Alliance
The Orca Salmon Alliance (OSA) works to highlight the connection between two iconic endangered species that need help: southern resident orcas and Chinook salmon.

Quiet Sound
A collaborative program to reduce noise impacts to southern resident orcas from large commercial vessels.

Save Our Wild Salmon
A coalition working to recover abundant, sustainable runs of wild salmon to the Northwest’s Columbia and Snake Rivers, once the largest salmon-producing river system on earth.

The Whale Museum
Visit the museum in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, or on the web, and adopt a Southern Resident orca!

Washington state orca recovery website
Track progress toward implementing the Governor’s Orca Task Force recommendations.

Whale Scout
Volunteer on a habitat restoration project to protect Pacific Northwest whales through land-based conservation experiences. 

The Whale Trail
Find out where you can view whales from shore. The Seattle Aquarium is one of the first sites along The Whale Trail, established to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales.


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With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

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