Orca Network

Orca Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Washington State dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. Orca Network began in 2001 and has grown immensely in the last twenty years. We have connected people and whales across the globe through sightings, education, and outreach. Below is video highlighting the work of the Orca Network pod.

Orca Network Projects and Programs

Free Lolita Campaign:
Tokitae (Lolita) was captured off Whidbey Island, WA on August 8th, 1970, and has been forced to perform at the Miami Seaquarium for over 50 years. Given the stage name "Lolita," Tokitae is the only remaining survivor of the approximately 45 orcas captured from J, K, and L pods during the 1960's and 70's. Since 1995, Orca Network has campaigned to retire Tokitae/Lolita to her home waters and has recently partnered with the Lummi Nation (www.sacredsea.org). The primary goal is to relocate Tokitae to a rehabilitation and retirement sea pen in her native waters. Here she would be able to be near her family and in a space adequate for her size and needs. For more information please visit: Welcome to Orca Network - Lolita

Whale Sighting Network:
Orca Network's Whale Sighting Network increases awareness and knowledge about Salish Sea cetaceans through observation and experience. The Sighting Network includes citizen science to help researchers track the movement of whales of the Pacific Northwest, and helps connect people to whales to promote a sense of caring and stewardship. Throughout Orca Network's twenty years, an abundance of information has been collected and used to better understand our whale species of the Salish Sea.
Whale Sighting Network Priorities:
- Track the movements of whales in the Salish Sea
- Assist viewers with shore-based whale watching and provide educational experiences
- Educate recreational boaters on how to respectfully Share the Water with marine mammals
- Compile reports and data and publish regular Whale Sighting Reports
- Please report whale sightings! Call 866-ORCANET or email info@orcanetwork.org or email alisa@orcanetwork.org

Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network:
The Stranding Network responds to marine mammal strandings in Island, Skagit, and North Snohomish Counties, and communicates laws and regulations to the public. In some instances, necropsies and examinations are performed, and some specimens can be used for research, educational displays, and assessing the health of the Salish Sea. The Langley Whale Center is home to many Stranding Network contributions.
To report stranded marine mammals call: 1-866-ORCANET or 949-233-2822 Or email: info@orcanetwork.org

Education Programs:
Orca Network's staff and volunteers give presentations, organize workshops and events, and attend festivals and meetings throughout the Salish Sea and beyond. We strive to help raise awareness about the whales of the Salish Sea, and be their voice when policy decisions are made. If you are interested in a presentation for your community group or class, or would like more information about our advocacy efforts, please contact Cindy@orcanetwork.org
Join us for one of our annual events!

Langley Whale Center:
Langley Whale Center first opened on March 1, 2014. The center gives Orca Network a public presence and offers an educational experience on Whidbey Island for visitors and residents. We are typically open Thursdays-Monday from 11-4pm, but please call ahead to check our hours if you are coming from out of town. Come visit us to learn about whales of the Salish Sea!

The Whale Center holds monthly youth Zoom events. We also welcome whale lovers to volunteer with us. For more information email: katie@orcanetwork.org
Located at: 105 Anthes Ave. Langley, Washington 98260
Phone #: (360) 221-7505

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