The Problem

The Southern Resident killer whales are one of the most studied and well-known endangered species on the planet yet efforts to save them have been largely unsuccessful. All too often, research is not being translated into meaningful policy or action; instead, science is put on shelves, rather than into the hands of those charged with their recovery.

The Challenge

Reverse the declining trend in the population of Southern Resident killer whales and create a stabilized and balanced ecosystem to serve as the foundation for their recovery.

Our Solution

Fill knowledge gaps through high-impact, non-invasive conservation research, arm policymakers with the latest available science, underpinned by the urgency for recovery, engage the public with accessible and digestible information, initiate opportunities for direct engagement with policymakers to create accountability.

Our beliefs

Intrinsic Value

We believe that Orcas have an intrinsic right to exist in healthy ecosystems that allow them to thrive as sentient beings. Orcas are not just charismatic megafauna, but essential members of our oceans that should be protected.

Meaningful Research

We believe in conducting and engaging with research that has the potential to inform action. That means understanding the needs of decision makers to help them protect the Southern Resident killer whales.


We believe research methods should be as non-invasive as possible. Research should help protect these animals and not cause any undue harm or create a barrier to their ability to exist as they naturally would.

Impact Focused

We believe in staying focused on what is needed most to help save the Southern Resident killer whales. That means bringing research forward as soon as it is available and addressing the root causes affecting the ecosystems that the Southern Resident killer whales rely on.

Actionable Science

We believe in the ethos of Conservation Biology. That means going beyond science for science’s sake toward conducting and supporting research with an eye toward careful advocacy for the Southern Resident killer whales. By translating science into action, we give everyone a way to engage.

Our partners

Our work is made possible by the generous support of individuals, foundations, and businesses who believe in our mission.