Have you seen the whales? Call the Whale Hotline and report your sighting!
The Whale Hotline public sighting network was initiated in the spring of 1976 as a means for members of the public to make collect calls to report orca sightings in Washington state to the Orca Survey. In 1977 the current toll free number was established (800-562-8832) and its focus was expanded to include reports of all species of cetaceans and marine mammal strandings in Washington state. During the winter of 1978 the phone line was moved to The Whale Museum where it has been maintained for the last 35 years.
The Whale Museum's hotline receives 400 to 1000 public sighting calls each year. The Museum maintains the data archives of this unique long-term record and makes it available for numerous research, educational, and management projects throughout the region. In addition to building a valuable longitudinal database, the hotline has successfully allowed a large spectrum of the public to directly participate in the stewardship of local marine mammals.
Funding for the Whale Hotline comes out of The Whale Museum's general operating budget and occasional contributions. You can help support our efforts by making a donation, adopting an orca or becoming a museum member.